The shale energy boom is boosting manufacturing in the United States, writes Free Enterprise.
Sean Hackbarth writes: "America’s energy boom is playing role in revitalizing the manufacturing sector. Having abundant, affordable energy for their operations is the most obvious benefit from the shale boom, but there’s more to it. All the drilling rigs, pipes, tanks, and other materials to get energy out of the ground and move it to where it's needed have to be made. New investments are being made and new jobs created from increased demand.
"The hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling requires a lot of steel pipe. For Youngstown, OH, this demand means hope after years of economic decline."
The full blog column is 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.