CANTON -- Ohio sits atop the Utica Shale formation, which is rich in oil and natural gas.
Once out of reach, new technology allows drills to reach shale 10,000 feet underground.
Known as horizontal drilling, about 100 of these wells now exist in Ohio, with a dozen operating.
The Department of Natural Resources expects the number to climb to 2,250 by the year 2015. Each of those wells could create 13 full-time jobs.
And spinoff industries and employment are growing. Some believe the Utica will provide a clean source of energy that will supply much of the US.
But there's much that's still unknown.
Critics point to the potential environmental impact from the use of natural resources, the handling of waste, and adhering to regulations.
However, backers say that with proper procedures, the drilling is safe,and this boom of energy could benefit community economics andindividuals alike.
CNBC's Mad Money host Jim Cramer was in Northeast Ohio Thursday to look at this issue in depth.