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Ohio University plans to survey the effects of fracking on local communities
Researchers say the survey can help communities plan for the future

The survey aims to better understand how fracking wells like this one affect the surrounding communities
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The oil and gas drilling process known as “fracking” has seen plenty of controversy and Ohio University is conducting a survey of local leaders to track how industry affects communities, for better or worse.

Sara Boyd, a researcher from Ohio University, says the survey will focus on 17 counties with topics including public safety, the local economy, property values and the environment, to see how the industry has changed them.

Robin Stewart, another researcher on the project, says this survey could be valuable to help communities plan for the future.


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"It would help identify strategies and could be used to really then further drill down on what the types of needs that communities have to address these positive and negative impacts to the degree that they need to for their residents," Stewart says.

This is the university’s second study on the effects of the fracking industry in Ohio and the group hopes to follow up regularly.

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Represent Powhatan Point Revitalization Association (PPRA) , a community organization that welcomes an involvement in the study ands shaping the future of our community against the onset of the fracking boom coming to the area. Please contact Mike Stora. See website:

Posted by: Mike Stora (Powhatan Point, Ohio) on August 3, 2013 1:08AM
Please send the results of your study.

Posted by: Paul Reeder (Oxford, NC) on July 30, 2013 6:07AM
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