COLUMBIANA, COUNTY, Ohio - The shale boom is creating an unsafe situation at the Columbiana County courthouse.
The Lisbon Fire Safety Inspector visited the recorder's office this week and found too many people crowded into the small office space. Now the recorder is restricting the number of people who can be in the office at one time.
This leaves the researchers working for oil and gas companies waiting in line in the hallway.
"Some people have had a two hour wait today," City Recorder Craig Brown said."So we're trying to figure out ways that we can do it and ways that we can legally do it with trying to keep as much public access to records as we possibly can."
The recorder plans to order copies of the county's indexes in digital format to alleviate part of the problem. But he's also hoping that the county commissioners will agree to extend courthouse hours and possibly put some of the records online.