Tapping the Utica shale deep under the ground for its projected vast supplies of natural gas and liquids is still in the early stages in Ohio.
Businesses seeking to capitalize on the burgeoning shale industry can go to a conference Monday at Firestone Country Club in Akron to learn how to become part of the supply chain.
“It’s a game changer for us,” said Steve Franckhauser, one of the presenters at the 15th Northeast Ohio Logistics Conference. “It’s so different from what we’ve experienced. The resource is already here. The demand is worldwide. Wealth is generated here and stays here.”
Franckhauser is the director of HbK Energy in Boardman. HbK Energy is a division of accounting and financial services firm Hill, Barth & King.
“This area is at the epicenter of everything,” Franckhauser said.
Monday’s conference is sponsored by the Northeast Ohio Trade & Economic Consortium at Kent State University and the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority. The program will provide an overview of the regional impact of shale and will look at how different modes of transportation serve the Utica shale industry, organizers and sponsors said.
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Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
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Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
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