Study Examines Economic Impact Of Marcellus Shale Industry

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Drilling in the Marcellus Shale is generating tens of thousands of jobs, according to a new Penn State study.

The study, funded by the Marcellus Shale Coalition, also finds that if the pace of drilling keeps up at the current rate, the Marcellus Shale formation will become the leading supplier of natural gas in the nation, producing a projected one-fourth of the nation’s supply.

The study estimates 140,000 jobs – directly and indirectly – are dependent on the industry.

“These are all jobs that but for the presence of this industry would not exist,” Kathryn Klaber, a spokesperson for the Marcellus Shale Coalition, said.

Officials with the industry acknowledge they have a tough road ahead, trying to convince opponents that drilling can be done in an environmentally safe manner.

The Pennsylvania Marcellus Natural Gas Industry Study
Marcellus Shale Coalition

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  • chevelle64

    bad news is water aquafir will be contaminated forever, but who needs drinking water

    • Warlock Jones

      Newsflash – they have been fracking for years. Another Newsflash – We have water treatment plans in this country.

  • Lisa McCracken

    Really? … the results of this study are the equivalent of the Tobacco Industry-funded studies of the 1950’s and 1960’s that found cigarettes to be harmless. KDKA – you’ve come a long way, baby!

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  • 1-2-3

    These Gas companies need to drill a few wells for the Citizens of ensure low Gas prices for the public. Since we are not taxing the drilers, our Gas should be subsidized.

  • wendy

    “The Marcellus Shale Coalition provided the
    funding for this study.”

  • Zoeyzotron

    This alone will create more jobs in one month than obama has created in three years. GREAT NEWS FOR PA!!

    Also, I totaly agree with 1.2.3!

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