Pennsylvania Energy Voices

A state traditionally associated with heavy manufacturing and industrial output, Pennsylvania has undergone a transformation in the past several years. Thanks to new technologies such as hydraulic fracturing or fracking, and horizontal drilling, the state has seen a boom in energy production from the Marcellus Shale formation that lies under most of the state.

The Keystone State is no stranger to the energy industry. It was home to the nation’s first oil well in the late 19th century. As late as 2008, fracking and a desire to wean the nation off of foreign sources of oil and natural gas led to the tapping of the Marcellus Shale, again thrusting the state into the forefront of domestic energy production.

As the fastest-growing natural gas-producing state, Pennsylvania’s economy is booming. In 2010 alone, oil and gas development utilizing fracking contributed more than $11 billion to Pennsylvania’s economy.

Over 239,000 jobs have been created or supported from the boom and an additional 160,000 jobs are expected to be created by 2030! Pennsylvanians of all stripes are reaping the benefits as the economy improves, the Keystone State’s budget grows, and consumer energy costs drop.

Hear from some fellow Keystone State residents about some of the ways things are improving from one side of the state to the other.

Energy has big upside for employment in Pennsylvania

Energy has big upside for employment in Pennsylvania

Labor groups have seen big increases in jobs and employment with the development of the Marcellus Shale in western Pennsylvania. For pipeline workers, operating engineers, welders, equipment operators, and other skilled tradesmen the energy industry is helping to keep them on the clock and in the field. Jim Kuntz with the Union of Operating Engineers…

Pennsylvania has a story to tell

Pennsylvania has a story to tell

Pennsylvania has a real story to tell. The discovery of shale energy within the Marcellus Formation, which is located under much of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, create a new source of affordable energy that is restoring manufacturing jobs that left the state not to long ago. Writing at Philly.com, David Holt tells the story….

Companies Finding New Purpose

Companies Finding New Purpose

Growing production in the state’s western shale fields is helping position the City of Philadelphia as an energy hub for the 21st century. The city’s Marcus Hook oil refinery – which once faced certain closure – is now being repurposed to serve as a transportation hub for liquid fuels extracted from the Marcellus Shale. Sunoco…