70 Percent of Marcellus Shale Workers From Out of State

From PA Environment Digest
by David E. Hess

Laura Fisher, Senior Vice President of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development stated recently that 70 percent of the drilling workforce is not local to Pennsylvania. According to DEP, there was an average of 112 wells drilled per month in 2010.

Penn State’s State Cooperative Extension Division says that it takes approximately 400 individuals to drill a well. Based on these statistics, one can easily estimate that there are easily over 10,000 gas workers in Pennsylvania from Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Colorado and Wyoming.

More drilling rigs are coming to Pennsylvania.

According to individuals at the Northern Tier Marcellus Expo, companies will be bringing considerably more rigs to Pennsylvania for drilling. While the gas companies have tried to hire local Pennsylvanians, they met with limited success for a number of reasons. Look for more gas workers to come into the state in the next year.

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