Consol Official: Patience Needed for Shale Play Payoff

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The Columbiana County Chamber hosted a meeting on Friday for businesses and contractors looking to cash in on the Utica Shale play.

The chamber brought in the general manager of CONSOL Energy’s Leetonia office for a meeting at Dutch Haus Restaurant to talk about the growing opportunities for local businesses.

Consol GM Harry Schurr said they expect to have 11 wells on the ground in Ohio by the year’s end and have the most active business in Noble County.

Schurr said the company’s local office staff is between 15 and 20 people, and expects those numbers to grow.

“What I hope they take away (is) we are the hometown player in this play,” Schurr said. “We very much want to be a transparent company in the community and open.  And I hope each takes away that they do have an opportunity to work with us, but there are procedures and processes they have to meet as we develop this resource.”

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