Shale drilling activity has turned the paraphrased movie line, “If you build it, they will come,” on its head. Between the construction of drilling infrastructure and private development playing catch-up in nearby communities, these days it’s more accurate to say, “They’re already here – let’s get it built.”
Utica Shale: Game-Changer for the Ohio Construction Industry
The Utica Shale occupies the eastern part of Ohio and underlies much of the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania, New York, and West Virginia. While full-scale development began somewhat later there than in the Marcellus, the Utica is already being heralded as an economic game-changer for construction companies in Ohio, particularly as the natural gas industry sets up shop in the state.