Shuttered businesses and boarded-up houses dot the streets of historic Zanesville, the struggling river city where Cory May is starting a life with his young wife, the Associated Press reports. However, the natural gas industry has changed is changing prospects. Vast stores of natural gas in the Marcellus and Utica shales running under Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and West Virginia have set off a rush to grab leases and secure permits to drill using the extraction technique called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. May snapped up the opportunity through his local community college, Zane State, to take a two-week, 80-hour shale...

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