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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Drilling Jobs To Be Plentiful In PA Marcellus Shale

Report: Drilling may employ 13,000 by ’12

Needs assessment says most workers would be general laborers with basic skills.

By Rory Sweeney rsweeney@timesleader.com
Staff Writer

Times-Leader

As the natural-gas drilling industry ramps up in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale, it could employ perhaps 13,000 workers by 2012, the vast majority of them general laborers with basic skill sets, according to a needs assessment released last week by the Marcellus Shale Education & Training Center.

“There’s going to be a significant amount of folks needed across many occupations, but the bulk of the activity when it’s in the drilling phase – up to 75 percent – is going to require some entry level of the industry, but not necessarily a degree, which is a good opportunity for most folks who are displaced … by the economy,” said Jeff Lorson, an industrial technology specialist at Penn College in Williamsport. More...

He pointed to a program in place at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford in which rig workers take night classes to earn an associate’s degree needed for jobs to assist geologists and engineers.

5 comments :

Anonymous said...

The way you catch a fish is to dangle a worm in front of its mouth.

Anonymous said...

Then people should just sit back, not work, type on blogs on the internet all day and bitch that there aren't any jobs in teh area.

Brother Nature said...

They aren't going to provide that many jobs in the area if they do drill and they will leave the area with contaminated water when they are done. The cost is too high.....

Anonymous said...

Look at Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Etc...

Been drilling there for years and nobody there has died of thirst due to the lack of fresh water.

Brother Nature said...

Yes...they do drill for fossil fuels in those states. The main difference is that they use standard drilling techniques...where-as..for marcellus shale formations, they use hydrofraccing to release the natural gas. This process is proven that it brings contaminates up to the surface water that we use to supply out wells and reservoirs.