When ground was broken last August on a cement mixing plant owned by Halliburton off Route 405 in Clinton Township, company officials promised they would bring jobs to this area. The company is making good on that promise, said Perry A. Harris, senior district manager for Halliburton’s northeast U.S. operations.
At its peak, the Pennsylvania Railroad controlled more than 10,000 miles of rail line, employed more than 250,000 Americans, and had an annual budget that exceeded that of the federal government. And despite all that, it might not have even been the best railroad in the state.
Centre Daily Times
While still in its infancy, the environmentally responsible development of clean-burning natural gas from Pennsylvania’s portion of the Marcellus Shale formation continues to create tens of thousands of good-paying jobs and drive economic activity and growth during some of the most challenging economic conditions in decades.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pottstown Mercury, Congressman Joe Pitts
As you are no doubt aware, the United State receives the majority of our oil from overseas sources. Unfortunately, we are dependent on volatile regions and despotic regimes for the petroleum that runs our cars. Just a few years ago it appeared that the United States would soon be dependent on foreign nations not only for oil, but also for natural gas.