09 Sep Utica Shale Play Creates 8,000 New Jobs in Ohio
Jobs were a main topic of conversation at the recent Youngstown Ohio Utica & Natural Gas, or Y.O.U.N.G., expo, with more than 8,000 new ones being created in the last year or so. And industry business professionals predict that it is just the start.
Although the Utica Shale play development in Ohio is still in what’s considered it’s “infancy stages,” according to a top executive at Consol Energy, more jobs are expected to come, and in larger numbers.
According to Harry Schurr, general manager of Utica Operations and Hess J.V, ”Coal and natural gas provide 75 percent of the power in the United States.” ”And we are sitting on two of the largest shale plays in the U.S. It just doesn’t get any better than that.”
Drilling rig workers can be expected to earn a wage, possibly in the six-figure range. ”That’s the type of opportunities that are out there,” Schurr stated. ”Show me another industry that can provide those kinds of jobs for people out there.”
Companies such as Chesapeake, Consol, Hess and Gulfport already have a foothold in the area with Exxon-Mobil, Shell, BP and Chevron initiating their own operations. According to David Mustine, managing director of energy, chemicals and polymers for JobsOhio, there have been 360 oil and gas drilling permits issued, 129 wells drilled with 27 producing as of Aug. 22 in the state. Mustine also pointed out the the energy industry has already invested more than $860 million.