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News-Herald Staff Writer

CADIZ – Should counties need a way to track the plethora of information tied to local oil and gas projects, there’s an app for that.

A new computer application is helping areas overrun by Utica Shale activity keep track of the data and a demonstration was given during a gathering on April 25. Harrison County Engineer Rob Sterling hosted more than 40 people at his annual meeting on April 25 at Wallace Lodge, including county leaders, township trustees and fiscal officers, state legislators and officials from the Ohio Department of Transportation. Derrel Owens, a representative of Map Research Technologies of Rockford, Ill., discussed a program created over the past year that is being used by officials in this county.

“We were asked last year by Carroll County. With all the activity [from the oil and gas], they kind of had an issue with tracking all of their road use maintenance agreements and information in regards to that. They had a large map on the wall and weren’t real clear on the data, what had been signed and what had not been signed,” he explained. “We were called in and asked to help. We put together a little Web application so they could track this information.”

Owens said he later spoke with Sterling and his office and said it could be coming to Harrison.

Pictured above, Darrell Owens, a representative of Map Research Technologies of Rockford, Ill., discusses a special computer program to help counties track oil and gas information much more efficiently during an annual meeting of township trustees and fiscal officers on April 25. The event was hosted by the Harrison County Engineer’s Office and also included Ohio Sen. Lou Gentile (D-Steubenville) and Ohio Department of Transportation officials.

More details of the tracking system and what it can offer is featured in the May 4, 2013 print edition of the Harrison News-Herald.