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Ohio grass-root group pushes drillers to hire Ohio residents

By Bob Downing Published: April 11, 2013

From the Westerville-based grass-roots group, Proptecting Ohio Workers, Emplying Residents:



Tom Germuska Jr.




Ohio Shale Should Create Ohio Jobs

Grassroots Effort Fights to Get Local Workers Hired on Utica Shale and Related Projects


WESTERVILLE, OH, April 10– While a total of 23 energy companies drilled nearly 670 miles of natural gas and oil wells throughout the shale-rich lands of Ohio in 2012, only one organization was created to act as a watchdog for local employment practices on these projects: Protecting Ohio Workers, Employing Residents (P.O.W.E.R.).

At its core, the grassroots effort of the concerned Ohio citizens that make up P.O.W.E.R. seeks to hold energy companies accountable for the promises they made on local job creation when they stated their intentions to bring their operations to the Utica/Point Pleasant and Marcellus shale formations of Eastern Ohio.

As companies from across the country extract precious natural gas and oil resources from Ohio lands, the tremendous employment opportunities available on local shale development construction projects are not being made available to the skilled and qualified workers of Ohio. With an abundance of natural resources beneath Ohio’s lands, it is not only the energy industry’s benefit but also their duty to employ the residents living above these resources.

While shale gas extraction may be new to the state, the work required to transport and process the gas through constructing processing plants, building compressor stations and laying pipeline has been performed by Ohioans for the past century. Therefore, very few “specialized,” out-of-state workers are necessary to complete these jobs, although the current hiring practices of industry executives suggest otherwise.The need to build more of these midstream facilities necessary to move resources to chemical plants and other end users would create plentiful job opportunities for locals seeking employment in a recovering economy.

P.O.W.E.R. is waging a statewide campaign to inform Ohio citizens about local shale industry, as well as related projects that are awarded to out-of-state outfits that do not employ local workers. Concerned citizens can use P.O.W.E.R.’s informational and regularly updated website – – in addition to a dedicated YouTube channel and other social media as a tool to connect with energy companies and elected officials and voice the importance of hiring within the community.

P.O.W.E.R. actively calls on the citizens of Ohio to let these out-of-state energy companies know that Ohio shale should create Ohio jobs.



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Utica and Marcellus shale web sites

Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management State agency Web site.

ODNR Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management. State drilling permits. List is updated weekly.

ODNR Division of Geological Survey.

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

Ohio State University Extension.

Ohio Farm Bureau.

Ohio Oil and Gas Association, a Granville-based group that represents 1,500 Ohio energy-related companies.

Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program.

Energy In Depth, a trade group.

Marcellus and Utica Shale Resource Center by Ohio law firm Bricker & Eckler.

Utica Shale, a compilation of Utica shale activities.

Landman Report Card, a site that looks at companies involved in gas and oil leases.FracFocus, a compilation of chemicals used in fracking individual wells as reported voluntarily by some drillers.

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.

National Geographic's The Great Shale Rush.

The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.

Buckeye Forest Council.

Earthjustice, a national eco-group.

Stop Fracking Ohio.

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.

Penn State Marcellus Center.

Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.

Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.