Investment web site Seeking Alpha is bullish on what the Utica shale means for Ohio's economy.
And Seeking Alpha says Akron bank and financial services firm FirstMerit Corp. stands to benefit from shale development. (The writer says regional banks such as FirstMerit are doing well now in the United States.)
Seeking Alpha writes in part: "First Merit (FMER), a regional Ohio based bank, benefits from this [Federal Reserve actions] every business day.
"Ohio has an added advantage. The new unconventional Utica oil and gas field is drawing a lot of development monies. Companies have spent and continue to spend huge amounts on leaseholds. These same companies are spending on goods and services to supply their drilling/development operations. The development companies are spending a considerable amount to live in Ohio. For instance, some are buying houses (and everything else). There is the economic multiplier effect. This includes such things as the extra grocery store employees needed to service all the new oil well workers."
Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.
Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.
The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.
Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.
Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.
No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.
Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.
Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.