Oil drilling in Ohio began in 1860 and for a period, the state’s oil fields were the largest in the world. According to Dow Bowman, owner of a drilling company in Ohio, “The oil and gas in southeastern Ohio and eastern Ohio over the last 100 years has been drilled. We are going back through old fields now trying to squeeze out any area that may have been missed.”

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