Ohio's Utica shale is generating jobs.
And many jobs, particularly that of roustabout, involve long hours of hard, grueling work, writes Christopher Kochera of TheNewsOutlet.org, a collaborative news organization. Kochera profiles roustabout Brian Rose in a story that appears in the Youngstown Vindicator.
"Rose is a roustabout, the low guy on the natural-gas drilling totem pole responsible for general operations on a rig.
"His responsibilities range from picking up trash to repairing containment — liners that prevent the release of dangerous chemicals into the environment.
“'It’s hard work. It drains you,' he said. 'You go so long and so long, you’re just drained. Then I’m back doing it again. It’s like I live here.'”
Read the full story here.
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.