Shale gas and oil development in eastern Ohio counties has increased tax revenues, sparked hotel development, beefed up restaurant business and led to migration of workers into the state.



In the first survey of elected officials in counties where gas and oil producers are drilling horizontal wells, installing pipeline and building processing plants, Ohio University found few environmental concerns.



Conducted by OU's Consortium for Energy, Economics & the Environment, the 17-county survey asked county commissioners, township trustees and mayors and city managers what has been happening in their areas and what their concerns were.



Most said it was a net positive for their areas, said Scott Miller, director of the consortium.



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