Bucking Trends: Marcellus Shale Producing Counties Continue to Add Jobs as Unemployment Climbs Elsewhere

Marcellus job growth the largest “for any sector in [PA], save for…temporary census jobs” Want to know how tough the economy is in Pennsylvania right now? Of the Commonwealth’s 67 counties, only five did not lose jobs over the past 12 months. But only two of those counties actually improved their unemployment rate (that is, […]

Unemployment figures different in rural NEPA due to gas industry

Scranton Times-Tribune
In May, a Penn State University study funded by the natural gas industry said development in the Marcellus Shale region would create 88,000 jobs in 2010. With unemployment up in the state, Bradford County has bucked trends with an unemployment rate that has gone down in the last year. Other rural counties in the region have seen joblessness increase at rates much less than the state and more urban counties, such as Lackawanna and Luzerne.

NEPA schools preparing workers for jobs in gas-drilling industry

Scranton Times-Tribune
With the boom in Marcellus Shale natural gas development throughout the region, area educational institutions are growing to keep up with work force demands. New training, certification and degree programs are being created at local schools to ensure local job skills are tailored to white- and blue-collared job needs related to the natural gas drilling industry.

Pipe makers’ sales skyrocket along with area’s gas boom

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Natural gas drilling rigs are using thousands of tons of pipe and tubing products every day in the booming Marcellus shale region, experts said yesterday.

Gasland Documentary Blasted

WICZ-TV
A documentary portraying the negative effects of gas drilling is getting negative feedback. The film was recognized at the Sundance Film Festival but Pennsylvania’s department of environmental protection secretary John Hanger–who’s been criticized by environmental groups, says the documentary is fundamentally dishonest and full of propaganda.

Making the case for drilling in New York

Sayre Morning Times
Dr. Don Siegel said Thursday he is tired of all the hype. He is tired, he said, of seeing what he calls “an enormous amount of misinformation” about natural gas drilling, specifically hydraulic fracturing, being distributed and broadcast by the media. Siegel, a hydrogeology professor at Syracuse University, was part of a five-member panel who spoke at a news conference Thursday at the Holiday Inn Arena.

It’s Up To You New York

The economic benefits associated with the responsible and environmentally sound development of the Marcellus Shale’s abundant, clean-burning natural gas reserves are overwhelming. Tens of thousands of good-paying jobs are being created across the Commonweal of Pennsylvania, where Marcellus development has been underway for several years. Hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenues are being […]

GWPC Letter on Hydraulic Fracturing

Recently, a film called Gasland premiered on HBO. The film stated that the Ground Water Protection Council refused an interview with the filmmaker regarding the practice known as “hydraulic fracturing”. This statement by the filmmakers was inaccurate.

Expert: Anti-drilling claims full of hyperbole

Ithaca Journal
According to Syracuse University Earth Sciences professor Don Siegel, these concerns are more myth than reality. “This is the first environmental issue that I’ve thrown my hat into the ring on,” he said.

What They’re Saying: Marcellus Shale “a wonderful thing”; Creating tens of thousands of “family-sustaining jobs”

“There were a lot of people around here who had a nicer Christmas last year because of the gas busines “The greatest economic and clean-energy opportunity of our lifetime “This is a good thing for us” Marcellus Shale creating “family-sustaining jobs”: John Moran Jr., president of Moran Industries, described the arrival of the natural gas […]