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Ohio University asked 500 elected officials in 17 counties, ranging from Trumbull in the North to Washington in the South, about the impact of the Utica shale boom on their local community. Of the 200 officials that responded, 87% had a favorable impression. Among the positive developments noted were increased taxes, more hotels and increased restaurant business. About half cited the development of local businesses to serve the industry. Few environmental issues were cited, although almost half of the officials expressed concern over the amount of water needed to fracture a well.  John Funk recently wrote a good article on the subject for the Plain DealerClick here to view.