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Ohio counties already seeing effects of fracking
Chesapeake Energy has reconstructed roads in Carroll County in preparation for the drilling

Alison Ritchie

With an estimated $15 to $20 billion worth of oil and gas deep beneath their soil, eastern Ohio counties are already beginning to see the effects of the fracking boom. The state’s leading oil and gas driller, Chesapeake Energy, is setting up test wells and hauling in equipment throughout the region.

Carroll County Engineer David Miskimem says Chesapeake has already reconstructed some of the roads that will support the roughly 3 million gallons of water being brought in for the fracking process.

Carroll County Engineer David Miskimem

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"The first road that they had access to a well from they pretty much completely reconstructed," he says. "They’ve got under drains on both sides of the roads. They reshaped the ditches. They’ve done a fantastic job. I have absolutely no complaints in regards to the serviceability of the roads."

Miskimem says Chesapeake is also laying pipes, so the water can be reused from well to well. He says the county will continue to prepare for additional road construction projects, based on weekly updates they receive from Chesapeake.  And he expects to see an increase in jobs, as more wells open up.

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