Over the past several years, the outlook for new jobs in the United States has been a bit bleak. Our unemployment levels are still high, but it does appear that relief is on the horizon. For some, this relief comes from an unlikely source – the shale fields. This can be seen in Pennsylvania thanks to the Marcellus Shale fields where there has been tremendous growth, and it is anticipated that this growth could spread across the country.
Even though there is controversy surrounding this method of extracting oil, the facts bear out to prove that fracking is not as harmful to the environment as believed. In fact, this process ends up using less water than other methods and is considered to be cleaner.
The Energy Secretary for President Obama, Ernest Moniz, has clearly stated that even though the rest of the country’s job markets are still sluggish, jobs in this sector have grown an average of 40% over the past year. That is incredibly significant and points to a large economic recovery if these trends continue.
“Shale is creating hope and opportunity for communities that have long-struggled with the recent economic downturn,” said Steve Forde, vice president of communications and policy at the Marcellus Shale Coalition. “From the jobs that are being created along the supply chain and utility cost savings, to the wealth being generated for landowners and improved air quality across the region through the increased use of natural gas — the benefits are real and long-lasting.”
Forde isn’t alone is his beliefs that shale is the driving force behind creating thousands of new jobs and opportunities – and that it could create even more.
According to an editorial recently published in the Williamsport Sun-Gazette: “The naysayers who refuse to see anything positive from the natural gas drilling industry in our area see other things, but at a certain point those perceptions start to lack credibility. The industry has an obligation to respect the environment it is working in. To date, its track record on that locally has been very strong. As long as that remains the case, the Marcellus Shale activity in our region remains the most prolific economic generator in a half century.”
For those already in the energy sector, this is certainly exciting news, particularly for those seeking employment. For new college students uncertain which direction to take, shale may turn out to the big difference in their futures.
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