The Marcellus Shale formation in Pennsylvania saw quite a bit of action over the last week. Yet, despite the on going activity, the number of jobs the gas industry supplies the state with has dropped drastically.
It was like magic how quickly the state of Pennsylvania lost 160,000 jobs in the natural gas industry, but the credit for the trick all goes to Governor Tom Wolf and the state Department of Labor and Industry. Last week, the Department of Labor and Industry changed the way it records employment in the Marcellus Shale natural gas industry.
Before the department switched its accounting ways, the natural gas industry accounted for 250,000 jobs. However, with the new calculations completed, the industry actually supports 89,314 jobs.
While having a factual number is beneficial, there are those that oppose the way Wolf and the department went about changing methods. David Spigelmyer, the head of the Marcellus Shale Coalition, believes the change is a political move since drillers are currently battling Wolf’s proposed severance tax. Spigelmyer made the following statement regarding the change:
This administration’s words continue to be detached from its actions as it relates to policy matters and enhancing Pennsylvania’s energy leadership … Why put this important economic analysis in the hands of the governor’s political team rather than relying on career state policy analysts.
To read the full story regarding the disappearance of 160,000 jobs in Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry, click here.
The following information is provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and covers June 15th through June 21st.
Top Counties by Number of Permits
Top Companies by Number of Permits
SENECA RESOURCES CORP: 6
RICE DRILLING B LLC: 4
XTO ENRGY INC: 3
SWN PRODUCTION CO LLC: 3
RANGE RESOURCES APPALACHIA LLC: 2
CHESAPEKE APPALACHIA LLC: 2
SWEPI LP: 1
EQT PRODUCTION CO: 1