A look at how the Utica shale play boom has transformed Carroll County

During a recent energy summit in Columbus, Carroll County Chamber of Commerce Director Amy Rutledge discussed how the the county has changed since becoming ground zero for Utica shale play activity, Columbus Business First reports. While the budget for the county's highway department is $500,000 a year, oil and gas companies have "spent about $40 million over the past two years to widen and pave county roads leading to their drilling sites." The county's sales tax generated $1 million more in 2012 than the previous year, which has been used to cover state and federal cuts, and to "help the sheriff's department handle more calls tied to traffic and noise from drilling operations," the article said. For more, read the full story.