45 Percent Of Marcellus Shale Jobs Arent Going To Pennsylvanians

08.23.13 | Sarah Harnisch

According to just released industry data, Pennsylvanians made up a smaller share of new workers in the Marcellus Shale gas industry in 2012, underscoring a shift here from drilling to pipeline work. State residents accounted for 56.8 percent of new hires among drillers, pipeline companies and contractors in the Marcellus Shale Coalition. According to annual surveys the group does of its workforce, that's down from 72 percent the year prior. A Coalition spokesman said regional trends are working against Pennsylvania. Drilling rigs have left parts of the state for gas fields in Ohio. Pennsylvania also has shifted to more pipeline work and doesn't have the skilled welders that sector needs.