YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Sales tax revenues in eight core oil and gas producing counties in Ohio’s Utica shale increased 15% higher than the other 80 counties between 2012 and 2016, according to a report compiled by Energy In Depth.

Belmont, Monroe, Guernsey, Harrison, Carroll, Columbiana, Jefferson, and Noble counties together posted a 45% gain during those five years versus the average 30% increase the others experienced, the organization said.

Since 2012, the oil and gas industry has pumped more than $50 billion into Ohio in the form of drilling, midstream development and end users such as manufacturing plants, energy plants and natural gas liquids storage, said Jackie Stewart, senior director, energy & natural resources.

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