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Ohio University asks leaders about community impact of shale development


July 26, 2013

ATHENS, OHIO (July 26, 2013) – The development of shale deposits in Ohio has been touted as an economic windfall by some and decried as an environmental dilemma by others. With a new survey being released this week, the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University hopes to learn from local officials about how shale development is impacting their communities.

The school today issued a Shale Development Community Impact Survey to commissioners, mayors, city managers and township trustees in 17 eastern Ohio counties, asking them to gauge how shale development has affected their community's economy, housing and property, public safety and environment and infrastructure.

"This survey is critical to developing a baseline understanding of how shale development is affecting communities in eastern Ohio," said Sara Boyd, project leader for the project. "It should provide state and local government, businesses and community organizations with valuable information for future planning."

Survey findings will be released in late 2013. Boyd and the project team hope to reissue the survey annually to track the impact of shale development on communities over time.

The survey is being distributed to officials in Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Mahoning, Monroe, Muskingum, Noble, Portage, Stark, Trumbull, Tuscarawas and Washington counties.

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Contact: Sara L. Boyd at boyds1@ohio.edu or 877-593-9898

About the Voinovich School

The Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs leverages the expertise and resources of Ohio University to create public/private partnerships that address vital issues in energy and the environment, entrepreneurship and regional development, and policy innovation and strategic leadership. These partnerships benefit not only the region, but also students in the School's degree programs, whose active participation in projects prepares them to become effective leaders from the local level to the international stage. 

Ohio University strives to be the best student-centered, transformative learning community in America, where students realize their promise, faculty advance knowledge, staff achieve excellence, and alumni become global leaders. OHIO is committed to fostering, embracing, and celebrating diversity in all its forms. Our main campus, located in Athens, is one of the country's most picturesque and educates over 21,000 students annually. More than 10,000 additional students are served by five regional campuses throughout central and southeastern Ohio as well as online education programs. Visit www.ohio.edu for more information.

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