Tuesday, November 12, 2013 by Kristy Foster Seachrist
CAMBRIDGE, Ohio — Business and government leaders gathered in Cambridge for the Ohio Utica Midstream Development Forum Nov. 6 to discuss what the future holds for oil and gas industry.
The main topic were pipelines and processing, often called the “midstream.” It’s a critical piece of the industry, as Dominion Gas officials told the group: If the midstream isn’t there, then the gas underground means nothing.
U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson said Markwest has built pipelines and infrastructure, and developed jobs in Noble County not seen in Ohio in years. “It’s unmatched in history,” said Johnson. He expects the build-up to continue in the Utica shale region.
Johnson said the shale boom has resulted in 38,380 jobs in Ohio related to unconventional gas drilling and the number is expected to be 145,000 in 2029 and even more by 2035.
He pledged to continue the fight to keep the economic growth continuing, and to keep Washington at bay so Ohio can keep drilling.