COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio officials are cataloging how much state property sits above the Utica shale as they prepare for potential gas and oil drilling in state parks and forests.
A law enacted last year opens such properties to drilling.
The Columbus Dispatch ( http://bit.ly/M6OuYX ) reports the state has spent three months reviewing property records in 16 eastern Ohio counties with the most active shale drilling. A spokesman for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources says the extensive work to assess state mineral rights in those counties is almost done.
Research is planned in up to 19 more counties with less active shale drilling.
The industry has flooded the state in search of gas and oil deposits, and state leaders are hinging much of Ohio's job growth strategy on the increase in drilling.
Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com