Employment data also indicate that there are more than 200,000 jobs in the industries where ancillary or supply-chain activities for Marcellus Shale occur. The companies in the core industries rely on the companies in these industries to provide the products and services they require. This group of industries was created based on the relationships that have historically existed within the natural gas sector of the economy.
This conservative job number does not take into account the many induced jobs, such as hospitality, service and other professions that have clearly seen a positive impact from Pennsylvania's development of our natural gas industry.
As Marcellus Shale development continues to grow and evolve, it is likely that additional industries will be identified that play a larger role in the energy economy than they have in the past.
"New manufacturers are arriving and building plants. Companies with deep histories are expanding and branching out to the energy supply chain. Engineering firms are growing and environmental firms are hiring – and we are seeing this throughout Pennsylvania where there is drilling and miles away from it," Corbett said.The commonwealth's support for safe, innovative energy development has led to a number of economic successes, most notable the continued operations of three refineries in the southeastern section of the state, saving more than 1,000 jobs. The bright future of energy in Pennsylvania also helped to secure operations at the Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, increasing demand and putting 1,000 Pennsylvanians back to work. In Chester County, Schramm, Inc. added 50 employees in 2012, mostly engineers, to design a new drilling rig for the natural gas industry. The additional jobs bring the company's total employment up to 235. In October, Corbett visited Environmental Tank Container, which currently supplies oilfield services companies, water hauling firms, frack tank rental companies and energy companies. The company is experiencing tremendous growth and will add 100 new jobs over the next five years in Cambria County. In Columbia County, a business partnership between two Pennsylvania-based companies, WellSpring Environmental Services, LLC, headquartered in Orwigsburg, and Ultra-Poly Corporation, based in Portland, Northampton County, is expected to create 80 new jobs. The new recycling venture is projected to remove at least 20 million pounds a year of plastic well pad liner material and turn it into to useful products. Developing Unconventionals East (DUG East) is a series of conferences focused on the energy industry's business challenges and opportunities in identifying and developing unconventional resources. This year's conference focuses on the unconventional plays across the Appalachian region, which are leading to unprecedented resource abundance for the U.S. consumer, and are increasing in global importance. President George W. Bush was the keynote speaker at the conference. Media Contact: Jay Pagni, 717-783-1116 SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor