Energy / Utica Shale Play

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The discovery of new drilling technology that allows access to the oil and gas-rich deposits of the Utica and Marcellus shales in eastern Ohio is, has transformed our state’s economy, and placed the counties of eastern Ohio directly into the discussion about our nation’s energy future.  The exploration and production of shale gas, along with the midstream build-out and downstream potential of the Utica play have breathed new life into the region.  And Vorys Advisors is there.

Zack Space represented most of the Utica Shale territory during his years in Washington.  While in Congress, he served on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.  Since returning to the private sector in 2011, Zack has been actively engaged in shale developments. He brings unmatched expertise in the areas of policy, shale-economics, local government relationships and the culture of the area of Appalachia Ohio.

Vorys Advisors advises local governments, businesses, educational institutions and non-profits on matters relating to shale development, downstream manufacturing opportunities, workforce development initiatives, community relations, and public funding and financing opportunities.  As a life-long resident of the region, Zack understands the importance of both seizing on the economic opportunities associated with the shale economy; as well as the urgent need to create conditions that will make the shale boom permanent and sustainable for the people and businesses of eastern Ohio.

While serving in the Ohio Senate, Tom Niehaus built a strong reputation for his work on energy-related matters.  Among his many accomplishments as president of the Ohio Senate, Tom  personally negotiated and ultimately secured passage of Ohio’s landmark energy bill (SB 315). In 2014, Tom was inducted into the Ohio Oil and Gas Association (OOGA) Hall of Fame, and honor that was created in 1987 to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of Ohio's oil and gas industry.

The Vorys Advisors team works with community leaders and industry to maximize opportunities from the shale play.  Some of the many shale-related issues we work on include:

The Drill Down, a publication of Vorys Advisors, is designed to provide guidance and information to public officials, educators, and business and economic development professionals throughout the Utica and Marcellus shales. Follow the links to read the Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Summer 2014 and Spring 2015 Editions of The Drill Down.