Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, joined Ohio Republicans in urging the federal government to help the state develop its shale natural gas resources. "While Ohio is home to a limited portion of the much-acclaimed Marcellus Shale, recent estimates have stated that producers could receive as much as 15.7 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and 5.5 billion barrels of oil from Ohio's share of what appears to be another major shale formation: the Utica Shale," the lawmakers wrote in a letter to Labor Secretary Hilda Solis. Such development would help generate jobs and revenue, they said.

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