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The Suburbanite
  • Editor's note: Special report focuses on impact of energy boom

  • The news teams at The Repository, The Independent and The Times-Reporter have spent the last four months researching, reporting and compiling this comprehensive look at this surge of energy exploration.

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  • Editor’s Note:
    There has been a steady buzz in northeastern Ohio surrounding the expanding growth of gas and oil exploration over the last two years.  Everyone is talking about opportunity, jobs and economic growth, as well as the environmental impact of drilling.   
    Drilling in the Utica shale formation is not new. Ohio’s first gas and oil wells were drilled 150 years ago. What has revived the energy business is the recent drilling technique of hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as fracking. Hydraulic fracturing has attracted more energy companies, brought jobs and has offered opportunity.
    The news teams at The Repository, The Independent and The Times-Reporter have spent the last four months researching, reporting and compiling this comprehensive look at this surge of energy exploration.  We wanted to know if this was just buzz or if we are in the midst of a renaissance for the oil business.   So we set about an ambitious reporting project to closely examine drilling, its impact on the economy and environment of our region and how new opportunities have affected you, specifically, the residents of Stark, Tuscarawas, Carroll and Harrison counties.  
    The stories in this special report will deepen your understanding of how new technologies have opened the energy exploration field and what communities are doing to help facilitate economic growth.
    We profile the key players involved in the drilling industry in the region, explain the science and geology of new drilling techniques and provide a practical guide on rules, regulations and leasing information.
    We look at how some existing businesses are changing to cater to a new type of clientele and provide specifics on the kinds of employment and career options that are being created.
    In addition, we tried to track down some of the rumors that have surfaced surrounding the “new money” gas and oil leases have provided residents. We have found several newly minted millionaires, but not the illusive Bentley reported to have been seen in Carroll County.
    Our ‘Focus on Energy’ report is just the start of our commitment to provide in-depth, explanatory and investigative reporting on business development in the area and how it impacts your communities and your life.
    Thank you for reading.
    Therese D. Hayt
    Executive Editor
    GateHouse Ohio Newspapers
    The Repository | The Times-Reporter
    The Independent | The Suburbanite
    teri.hayt@cantonrep.com
    On Twitter: @thaytREP
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