I’ve been reporting the news since I was 20 years old. I love working in the news industry. I’ve gotten to have experiences many people will never know and covered stories I never could have imagined in my wildest dreams. Or at least I thought I had! That was until the subject of Marcellus and Utica shale came about.

Here it is, a few years later and it’s like an explosion of activity and hope for many.

I have never covered such a story in my career. Every where I turn, there is an angle for the stories or a story happening right in front of my eyes! Just driving through Columbiana County this morning, I witnessed crews working on roads where wells have been permitted.

Let’s face it, two years ago at this time, we couldn’t have imagined such a change coming to eastern Ohio. One year ago, I thought it would take a while to get here and that those that said it wouldn’t, didn’t know what they were talking about.

I admit I was wrong!

I do think, though, that after seeing what we have seen, Ohioans have to keep up on what is happening in Pennsylvania, good and bad.

Yes, many leases have been signed and many landowners are waiting on the next part of the journey. But I think we have to keep up on what is happening locally, regionally and in other states.

For example, there is a pipeline easement meeting tonight in Carrollton, Ohio. Let’s face it, for the time being, this is the center of the drilling for now.

This not the time just to sit back, sign those easements and wait.

Like everything else regarding the gas and oil industry, we all need to continue to read, learn and attend meetings about the subject. It will be the only way we can make sure we are on top of issues coming into our area. Let’s hope there are no issues, but we can’t make sure of that unless we stay on top of the subject.

As for me, this subject isn’t going away. And I look forward to covering all of the stories the shale industry has to throw at us.

Kristy Foster Seachrist lives in Columbiana County raising sheep and horses with her husband, Kurt. She earned her degree from Youngstown State University and has worked in both print and broadcast journalism.
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