COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The rapid growth of the oil and gas industry is changing the faces of many of Ohio‚Äôs small towns, and a new analysis finds a correlation between certain public safety standards and drilling permits in counties over the Utica shale formation.
The report from FracTracker looked at road safety and crime rates in the 14 counties with the most Utica permits between 2009 and 2014. Report author Ted Auch says they found that in all the counties some of the measures changed at a faster rate than the state.
The report also found some counties experiencing significantly greater rates in crime, including more felony and resisting arrest charges, as well as increased weapons and suspended license violations. The report used data provided by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, with 2009 as a starting point since the first Utica permit was issued in September of 2010.