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Ohio Shale Development Community Impact Survey 

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In 2013-2014, Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs created and disseminated the Ohio Shale Development Community Impact Survey to investigate the impact shale development is having within 17 counties in eastern Ohio. The research assessed ongoing shale development activities and their influence on population, housing, public safety, infrastructure, environment, local employment, area business activity, and economic development.

As shale activity expands, the Voinovich School anticipates continuing to research the ongoing impact of shale development in Ohio. The Voinovich School is seeking to build collaborative relationships to assist in this longitudinal undertaking. Interested foundations, organizations, and agencies should contact Scott Miller, Director, CE3, at millers1@ohio.edu, for more information.

Access the full report here (pdf).

Webinars: Informational webinars were held on February 24, 2014. The webinar is posted on CE3's YouTube channel at: http://youtu.be/a0Isp_UZCTY. (Note: Please hit the "Start from the Beginning" button on the video if the video does not begin at 0:00; enlarging the viewing screen should improve the image.)

Click here to view the slides from Monday's webinar (pdf).

Click here to view the press release.

Survey methodology: The objective of the Voinovich School’s Ohio Shale Development Community Impact Survey is to assess the impact of shale development activity at the local level. The survey was mailed to local officials in 17 counties (Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Mahoning, Monroe, Muskingum, Noble, Portage, Stark, Trumbull, Tuscarawas and Washington) experiencing the majority of shale activity and development in Ohio. A total of 540 surveys were mailed at the end of July 2013. Survey recipients included all three county commissioners in each county; the mayor, or city manager in instances without a mayoral position, in all cities, towns, and villages in each county; and one township trustee within each township in the surveyed region. The survey was closed in mid-September. A total of 227 responses were received, resulting in a response rate of 42.0%. A total of 36 respondents were excluded from analyses due to incomplete responses.

Notice: The Ohio Shale Development Community Impact Survey is the intellectual property of Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. Reproduction or dissemination of the survey, in whole or part, is expressly forbidden without first obtaining explicit permission in writing. To see instrument in its entirety, click here. Prior research in shale activity was reviewed and considered in the development of this instrument.