Ohio may avoid the typical boom-bust cycle with shale gas because of the size of the Utica Shale and its rich wet-gas supply, which is crucial for the region's manufacturing sector, writes Jim Samuel, a founding partner at the Ohio Shale Consortium. "Unlike dry-gas dominant regions, Ohio shale will continue to get produced despite depressed gas prices while [ethane, butane and propane] and crude become feedstock for the petroleum, petrochemical and polymer industries," he writes.

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