OU Students Create Shale Database

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Ohio University students have developed a database to link shale gas drillers with Ohio companies that can provide supplies and services.

Students used a $100,000 rural business enterprise grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop the project.
The project focuses on 12 eastern and southeastern Ohio counties, stretching from Athens County to Tuscarawas and Jefferson counties.
The database also includes Ohio companies from outside that geographic area that could serve the oil and gas industry.
As part of the process of developing the database, the school hosted more than 500 leaders in the shale energy industry at an April conference in Cambridge.
The next step is taking the database statewide.