POMEROY — The prospect that Meigs County may be in the viable shale drilling region has improved, according to information provided by Meigs County Economic Development Director Perry Varnadoe.
Last March when the Ohio Department of Natural Resources released maps of where they believe the Marcellus/Utica shale reserves lay in Ohio, Meigs County wasn’t prominent and effectively had been removed from the shale play. That contention was based on drilling data points at that time. As many local residents know, interest from companies seeking to lease land in the county dwindled about that same time.
However, an updated map was released in November that showed the play as close to us as Washington County and activity spiked there.
New maps have just been released reflecting closer data points that show that Meigs County may be in the shale region after all. Of course, all maps are speculative and they need more data points to be precise, but this is positive news for those in the county seeking to lease land or be involved in the shale boom, said Varnadoe.