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Report: Shale Boom Brings Ohio 39K Jobs, W.Va. 11.8K

January 2, 2013

Drilling and fracking natural gas wells is only part of the picture when it comes to the Utica and Marcellus shale industry supporting nearly 39,000 Ohio jobs in 2012. In fact, a new study by the U.S....

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Jan-02-13 9:08 PM

really? Really? REALLY????


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Jan-02-13 7:58 PM

Maybe you don't notice all the OH and WV plates because they blend in with all the other OH and WV plates?

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Jan-02-13 7:16 PM

I'd like to really see the OH and WV jobs that employ the actual residents from OH and WV since all I see are vehicles with plates from TX and other mid-west states.

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Jan-02-13 5:41 PM

Why do the same people who constantly claim the gas industry won’t bring any jobs or employment to this area also constantly complain about all the extra road traffic, lines at restaurants and businesses, full motels, full rental units, ... ?

Since this whole shale gas boom is just a short term thing, soon to go bust, why are you anti-gas types so busy arguing against it? Let it run its course and everything will be back to normal very soon. LOL

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Jan-02-13 5:15 PM

Deja Vu all over again! This resembles the same bogus report the Marcellus Shale Coalition funded and published under the Penn State banner for Penna jobs. A bunch of poppycock! Drilling is not labor intensive, especially once the wells are drilled, pipelines installed. Even the compressor stations are not manned. It is boom & bust. Look who is quoted for this so called 'study'.. the ENERGY INSTITUTE industry group. From their website: "The EI was set up in 2003 as a result of a merger between the Institute of Petroleum (IP) and the Institute of Energy (InstE). Both Institutes.. developed over many years supporting their particular energy sectors." They would also have you believe these wells will last 30 years, instead of 10 max.

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Jan-02-13 9:17 AM

Where, in the world, will "29,656 jobs by 2020 and 58,000 jobs by 2035" come from? What, exactly, will people be employed in that is related to gas? Are there any chemical processing plants that will use gas as a raw material or energy source being planned for building in West Virginia? If so, where; and, by whom? Where are the specifics? Where's the beef? This is all speculative, pie-in-the-sky nonsense. And, much of it is no doubt based on gas industry-inflated pronouncements about the size of the shale gas resource. Everyone knows, do they not, that new well permitting applications in Pennsylvania have fallen off the cliff? What? You mean that hasn't been reported to you? Search for: "Drilling permits decline sharply for the Pennsylvania Marcellus formation" at www(dot)examiner(dot)com.

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Jan-02-13 8:18 AM

What, precisely, will those "29,000 to 58,000" people "by 2035" be doing? Whether or not any "crackers" are built, you do realize, do you not, that a cracker is likely to employ on a permanent basis only several hundred people? Further, of the current, supposed "11,800" jobs, how many are held by West Virginians, as opposed to Texas and Oklahoma transients in the area to do the drilling and lay the pipes that will take the gas out of state? And, how many of the ones actually held by WV residents are higher-paying jobs in the gas biz itself, as opposed to "induced", lower-paying jobs in the fast food biz, and etc., that service the TX and OK transients?

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