Shale drilling boom drives up revenue for solid waste district in Ohio

The solid waste district that serves Columbiana, Carroll and Harrison counties in eastern Ohio has posted record revenue as a result of the drilling boom in the Utica shale play, reports the Morning Journal in Lisbon, Ohio. The newspaper says that the district’s revenue hit $1.69 million last year, up more than $1 million from 2011. Solid Waste District Director Eric Matthews told the Columbiana County Commissioners that 77 percent of the solid waste disposed at landfills within the district constitutes drilling mud, a byproduct of the drilling process for oil and natural gas in the shale play.