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Friday, August 28, 2009

Wide Variety Of Jobs Expected Once Gas Production Steps Up

damienandshale2About 60 people interested in natural gas production in Potter County attended a public meeting sponsored by the statewide Marcellus Shale Committee Thursday night at Coudersport High School.

They heard Lou D’Amico, executive director of the Independent Oil and Gas Association of Pennsylvania, forecast job growth and other financial benefits for many years to come. He added, however, that low natural gas prices have slowed the forecasted rush in Potter and surrounding counties.

There are currently about 29,000 jobs statewide associated with production of natural gas from deep deposits found in Marcellus shale formations. Assuming that gas prices rebound, the figure is expected to explode to more than 100,000 next year and upwards of 175,000 by 2011, D’Amico said.

He joined geologists Scott Blauvelt of East Resources and Damian Piaschyk of Pennsylvania General Energy Company in detailing some of the jobs that can be expected to grow in Potter County. Topping the list are those in transportation, construction and certain trades. There will also be employment opportunities in accounting, carpentry, surveying, plumbing, welding, pipelines, real estate and many other areas.

Support service businesses such as landscapers, fuel oil dealers, and other suppliers will also benefit, D’Amico said. Impacts of increased natural gas exploration and production on water resources and local roads were also discussed during Thursday night’s meeting. Details will appear in a future article. Here, PGE’s Damian Piaschyk shows an example of the type of Marcellus shale that can be found 7,000 to 8,000 feet underground in Potter County.

The Marcellus Shale Committee was formed last year by two statewide trade organizations to educate local officials, landowners, and others on the production of Marcellus shale natural gas. Potter County has already seen some production and companies plan to step up their drilling for the next several years.

Citizens can also learn more by attending monthly meetings of the Potter County Natural Gas Force, held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 pm in the Gunzburger Building. Next session scheduled for 7 pm on Sept. 8. Potter County Today


Anonymous said...

i expect the commissioners were present to give there very expert opinion on everything more than likely to screw everything up.

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Anonymous said...

First poster.....and you could do better? Did YOU ever run for county commissioner? You post anonymously, you don't even have the guts to speak out?! Shut it!!

Anonymous said...

12:19 wins an award for anonymously complaining about the first poster who complained anonymously.

Your hypocrisy award is in the mail. Please call 555-555-5555 if it does not arrive on time or it was damaged in shipping.

Anonymous said...

Our commissioners were there and were pushing hard for information and a commitment to Potter County from these companies.

I appreciate their efforts and I think you would too.

Anonymous said...

If they really wanted them to commit to Potter County,they would tell them they intend to back off the 5% tax at the wellhead they want to impose.Try just being satisfied with the boost to the economy,and the extra tax dollars recieved by having a real industry in the area.Everyone does better,bigger tax base,more revenue.The Marcellus hasn't panned out that great in Potter.Try helping make it profitable for them.