In September 2015, the Center for Economic Development and the Energy Policy Center at Cleveland State University’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs released three studies respectively entitled “Mapping the Opportunities for Shale Development in Ohio”, “Economics of Utica Shale in Ohio: Supply Chain Analysis”, and “Economics of Utica Shale in Ohio: Workforce Analysis.” The studies examine the economic potential of Utica Shale oil and natural gas development in the state of Ohio.
The study “Mapping the Opportunities for Shale Development in Ohio” made connections between increased natural gas production and needs for new infrastructure to gather, process and transport growing natural gas liquids production, including ethane. According to the authors, “[a] regional surplus of ethane creates an opportunity for the development of Ohio businesses downstream of the processing and fractionation facilities.”
In “Economics of Utica Shale in Ohio: Supply Chain Analysis”, the researchers analyzed the economic benefits from Utica Shale development to the downstream local industry that provides goods and services to upstream and midstream industries.
As for the study “Economics of Utica Shale in Ohio: Workforce Analysis”, the researchers predicted that “[a]lthough the production phase is less labor intensive than the drilling phase, local employment will arise from post-production activities such as well, pipeline and processing plant maintenance.”
Written by Chloe Marie - Research Fellow