The report found that the shale boom has led to more than $300 million worth of investments in Ohio’s infrastructure, including the improvement of more the 630 miles of road. Back when shale development started in earnest in 2011, the Ohio legislature and the state’s communities began to take forward-looking steps to try and avoid any public health, safety, and infrastructure-related concerns.
The State of Ohio passed a law that required that any application to drill a horizontal oil and gas well must have either a road use maintenance agreement or an affidavit that the drilling company was unable to work out such an agreement despite good-faith efforts. Since 2011, hundreds of these agreements have been signed between private companies and Ohio’s community governments. These typically require the company to pay for a study to make sure the roads along its route can accommodate the necessary heavy equipment traffic. The company then needs to pay for any necessary upgrades, and the company must also pay to maintain the road to a satisfactory level while the exploration and production work is carried out.
The shale boom has been incredibly beneficial to communities in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. The three state governments have done a stellar job in heading off conflicts between communities and the industry. Efforts like road-use agreements not only prevent conflict, they also greatly improve the roads for the benefit of everyone. As long as an operator takes the proper steps they should be able to avoid friction with community members and regulators. The experts at Cimmaron Land have been working successfully in this environment for years, and if your company would like to acquire acreage in the region we encourage you to contact us today.