Ohio Shale Play

Although oft overused in politics, “game changer” is a term that has been applied almost universally by industry, academia and executives across a wide spectrum to the potential of the Marcellus, Utica and Point Pleasant shale plays of the Appalachian basin. The technological advancements that allow for the economic extraction of energy-rich fuels and feedstocks from the shale formations beneath Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia will bring:

  • stable prices and supply of clean-burning, reliable energy for the nation;
  • benefit to consumers, especially Midwest manufacturers and the petrochemical industry; and
  • sustainable economic development and future certainty for the upper Appalachian region.

Latest study on shale development in Ohio! Read the executive summary here:

Regional Economic Development Opportunities From Appalachian Basin Shale (PDF)

Link to the complete reports can be found here: Cleveland State University

Capitol Integrity Group serves as a strategic advisor to many companies operating in the shale industry in and around the Appalachian Basin and have a deep history of working across all of Ohio's industry sectors.  CIG's principal serves as an advisor and speaker to numerous educational conferences including the Appalachian Regional Shale Energy Conference, and is a regular contributor to Crains Energy Report.


References & Recommended Reading:

Nov 2015 - Latest study on shale development in Ohio! Read the executive summary here:

Regional Economic Development Opportunities From Appalachian Basin Shale (PDF)

Link to the complete reports can be found here: Cleveland State University

Consensus developing around plan for a severance tax hike in Ohio(PDF)

Crains Energy Report- August 7, 2015

America's Unconventional Energy Opportunity (PDF)

"A win-win plan for the economy, the environment and a lower-carbon, cleaner-energy future"

Harvard Business School & The Boston Consulting Group- June 2015

Lame duck session is...well...lame (PDF)

Crains Energy Report- December 5, 2014

A wild ride for energy policy issues at the Ohio Statehouse (PDF)

Crains Energy Report- June 13, 2014


Tri-state area's gas processing is growing (PDF)

Crains Energy Report- May 4, 2014

The State of the state's severance tax (PDF)

Crains Energy Report- March 28, 2014

All of the above or none of the above: Who gets to decide our energy future? (PDF)

Crains Energy Report- October 25, 2013

Might Mexico's new approach to oil & gas shake things up in Ohio? (PDF)

Crains Shale Report- August 30, 2013

From Contaminated to Clean

Oil & Gas Drill Cutting Remediation & Disposal from Ohio Soil Recycling

August 2013

What happened to the shale boom? (PDF)

Crains Shale Report- August 2, 2013

Don't let those early utica shale production numbers fool you. (PDF)

Crains Shale Report- June 7, 2013

Presentation by James Zehringer, Director Ohio Dept of Natural Resources / Rick Simmer, Chief of Division of Oil & Gas Resource Mgt / David Mustine, Managing Director JobsOhio

1st Ohio production report for 87 Utica Wells in 2012 - May 16, 2013

Shale gas already creating jobs, but the real wave of employment yet to come. (PDF)

Crains Shale Report- April 12, 2013

What's the rush to develop the Utica shale? (PDF)

Crains Shale Report- March 1, 2013

"Methane: An Element of Nature."

An informative video from the Marscellus Shale Coalition on methane, conventional water wells and more - March 2013

And we're off (PDF)

Crains Shale Report- February 1, 2013

A Visit to Pennsylvania Gasland

by Robert Lesnick, The World Bank, - January 2013, As a member of the Board of the Nemacolin Energy Institute. Jim Samuel of Capitol Integrity hosted a delegation from the World Bank to discuss the regional impact of shale development.


Thank You for Fracking

By Tom Chiarella, Esquire, January 2013 edition

A lengthy expose on the industry impacts from Esquire magazine.

The holiday season - time to take stock of the drilling for gas and oil in Ohio. (PDF)

Crains Shale Report- December 11, 2012

The Utica shale is more than a shale play. (PDF)

Crains Cleveland Business Energy Blog - October 2012

Regulatory issues, Ohio's Utica shale top talk at regional energy conference. (PDF)

Crains Cleveland Business Energy Blog - September 2012

Shale and taxes is a volitile mix in Columbus (PDF)

Crains Cleveland Business Energy Blog - August 2012

Ohio has one of the Strictest Water Regulation Frameworks (PDF)

Crains Cleveland Business Energy Blog - June 2012

Compromise, the word of the week in the Statehouse (PDF)

Crains Cleveland Business Energy Blog - May 2012

An Analysis of Ohio Severence Tax Provisions of H.B. 487 (PDF)

Prepared by Ernst & Young, May 15, 2012

Boom-bust to boom-BOOM? (PDF)

Crains Cleveland Business Energy Blog - April 2012

Two policy papers from Ohio Governor John Kasich's Transforming Ohio for Growth Package - released March 2012

An Analysis of the Economic Potential for Shale Formations in Ohio

Economic impact study of Ohio Shale; Feb. 2012

Strategic Planning for Communities

A planning resource for communities in the shale play from The Burghard Group, Mar 2012

Shale Gas: A renaissance in US manufacturing

Impact study prepared for the National Association of Manufacturers; Dec. 2011

Ohio's Natural Gas and Crude Oil Exploration and Production Industry and the Emerging Utica Gas Formation;

Impact study prepared for the Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program; Sept. 2011

The Facts About Fracking - The real risks of the shale gas revolution, and how to manage them. The Wall Street Journal, June 25, 2011

Pennsylvania Marcellus Natural Gas Industry: Status, Economic Impact & Future Potential.

Penn State University, Considine, Watson & Blumsack, July 20, 2011


The Marcellus Shale Play: Geology, History and Oil & Gas Potential in Ohio

Perry & Wickstrom, Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources Division of Geological Survey; Oct. 2010

Drilling in the Marcellus and Utica Shales: Environmental Regulatory Basics

A factsheet provided by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Shale Gas and New Petrochemicals Investment: Benefits for the Economy, Jobs, and US Manufacturing; American Chemistry Council, Mar. 2011

Marcellus Shale - Appalachian Basin Natural Gas Play: New research results surprise everyone on the potential of this well-known Devonian black shale.

An excellent overview of the history and geology from Geology.com.

Shale Gas Will Rock the World,

Amy Myers Jaffe, The Wall Street Journal May 10, 2010

Anywhere Energy Fuel Cell Systems from TMI:

Distributed Power Generation from shale gas; Oct. 2011

Report Bullish on longevity of Shale Gas;

Dan Shingler, Crains Cleveland Business, Sept. 19, 2011

Special Report: The Great Shale Gas Rush;

National Geographic

Speaking Engagements on Shale Energy:

Cleveland Engineering Society, 2014 Leadership Breakfast Series

Oct. 14, 2014, Cleveland, OH

2013 North American NGV Conference & Expo

Nov. 19, 2013, Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA

Southern Gas Association, Executive Conference

Nov. 18, 2013, Kiawah Island, SC

Shale Oil & Gas Midstream Markets, Geauga Growth Partnership,

Oct. 16, 2013, Newbury, OH

2013 Oil & Gas Conference, Ohio Society of CPAs

Aug. 21, 2012, Aurora, OH

National Shale Conference & Invitational, Nemacolin Energy Institute

June 3, 2013, Farmington, PA

American Chemistry Council, 25th Anniversary Responsible Care Conference

May 8, 2013, Hollywood, FL

National Coal Conference, Nemacolin Energy Institute

April 26, 2013, Farmington, PA

Ohio Wetlands Foundation Board of Directors

Nov. 1, 2012

Master Series: Energy Law, Columbus Bar Assoc.

Sept. 25, 2012, Columbus, OH

Utica Shale: Issues in Law & Practice, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Assoc.

Sept. 14, 2012, Cleveland, OH

National Shale Conference & Invitational, Nemacolin Energy Institute

Sept. 5, 2012, Farmington, PA

Oil & Gas Conference, Ohio Society of CPAs

Aug. 23, 2012, Independence, OH

American Chemistry Council, Responsible Care Conference

June 21, 2012, Cleveland. OH

Geauga Growth Partnership Annual Meeting

June 13, 2012, Chardon,OH

K&L Gates, Mid Continent Shale Gas Summit

April 27, 2012, Pittsburgh, PA

Licking County Energy Summit

March 22, 2012, Newark, OH

Marcellus Shale Educational Conference & Invitational, Nemacolin Energy Institute

Oct. 3, 2011, Farmington, PA

Selection from the New York State Hydraulic Fracturing Report - 8 pages of draft report



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