What They’re Saying: Marcellus Shale Creating “A Modern-Day Gold Rush”

  • This used to be an old, empty railyard. Now it’s a distribution facility for a modern-day gold rush

  • We’re sitting on gold here

  • Marcellus Shale can be the best economic engine we’ve seen in decades


A modern-day gold rush
: “Once they’re loaded, the trucks make a series of right-hand turns out of the Mansfield Avenue yard and onto the parkway to deliver the sand to Marcellus Shale well sites in Washington, Fayette and Greene counties. “This used to be an old, empty railyard. Now it’s a distribution facility for a modern-day gold rush,” said Dave Montz, borough manager.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 6/10/10)

Gov. Rendell: “A great economic opportunity for us”: “It’s a great economic opportunity for us. It’s already created a couple of thousand new jobs in Pennsylvania. It’s been a boom to Pennsylvania manufacturing, steel, which produces the steel drill bits. So it’s a great economic up side. … The technology in treating frack water is improving rapidly. … A great industry and it’s going to produce American energy. … A great step towards energy independence and a great step towards creating jobs here in America.” (CNBC’s Squawk Box, 6/9/10)

We’re sitting on gold here: “Southwestern Pennsylvania is called the “fairway” of the shale by industry experts, and its economic impact reaches beyond the energy in demand. “We’re sitting on gold here,” said U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 6/10/10)

NY landowners, unions rally for responsible shale gas development, jobs: “At least 10 buses, each carrying up to 50 people, are expected to head to the rally from Broome, Tioga, Chenango and Sullivan counties. Landowners will be joined by members of the pipefitters, laborers and teamsters unions who are interested in the jobs drilling could bring to the region.” (Ithaca Journal, 6/8/10)

200,000 jobs during the next 10 years: “The natural gas boom is expected to create 200,000 jobs in the region during the next 10 years, according to a Penn State study and reports from Consol Energy. It has already created 40 within the last two years at the site in Green Tree, and another 100 will be created there within six months, according to Patrick Cozzens, president of Modern Transportation, a 23-year-old, Sewickley-based company that works out of the Rook terminal and hauls industrial materials to Fortune 500 companies across the country. “We are currently looking for 20 more [truck] drivers,” Mr. Cozzens said.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 6/10/10)

Marcellus Shale can be the best economic engine we’ve seen in decades: “States like Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia are just laying out the welcome mat for these guys, and it’s too easy to go to those states and not come here. I think that kind of leaves our homeowners and farm owners out in the cold for realizing these great benefits. … [Pa. State Representative Jeff] Pyle went further to say, “I don’t want to miss out on this. Marcellus Shale can be the best economic engine we’ve seen in decades, but we’ve got to play it right.” (Kittanning Paper, 6/10/10)

An economic development engine for the region: “Mr. Smith added that the companies “seem right on par” to take advantage of growth promised by the Marcellus Shale. “They’re growing and creating jobs in an industry that is positioned to be an economic development engine for the region,” he said.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 6/10/10)

400 new jobs for local workers: “With an eye set toward growing Marcellus Shale natural gas extraction in the region and throughout Appalachia, a Texas company will expand capacity of an existing natural gas transmission pipeline that crosses beneath Susquehanna and Wayne counties beginning this month. Dubbed the “300 Line Project,” El Paso Corp. will lay 128 miles of new natural gas transmission pipeline – parallel to an existing line across the state’s northern tier – that will include approximately 18 miles of new pipeline in Wayne County. … Mr. Newberry said the project will create an estimated 400 temporary construction-related jobs in the region. “We generally use local workers,” he said.” (Scranton Times-Tribune, 6/10/10)

A rich resource of money and jobs: “Tap in to Marcellus Shale, and tap in to a rich resource of money and jobs. That’s what supporters of natural gas drilling say will float the Southern Tier’s future. … “To have this opportunity it’s a shame not to take advantage of it. And with the technology and the bright minds we have here in New York, we can do it safely,” said Jeanette Castiglione from Binghamton.” (WBNG-TV, 6/9/10)