QUAKER CITY, Ohio -- Ohio's lieutenant governor visited a drilling site in Guernsey County on Thursday to gain insight into the bustling activity in the Utica Shale.
Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor donned a hard hat, coveralls, and other safety gear before joining engineers for a tour of the J. Hall well pad near Quaker City. Taylor said that Thursday marked the first time she has seen a horizontal drilling site first-hand. Taylor noted that Pennsylvania-based REX Energy, which operates the well pad in eastern Guernsey County, demonstrated a strict adherence to the state's drilling regulations.
Taylor's visit was part of a day-long jaunt through eastern Ohio in which the Lieutenant Governor learned about the industries and small businesses that have benefited from the Utica Shale boom. Taylor said that she hopes to better-understand the "significant economic impact [the drilling influx] is having on this region of the state."
Taylor said that she and Gov. Kasich are glad to see the positive results of natural gas drilling in eastern Ohio, which has long been one of the most economically depressed areas in the Buckeye State.