Shale Energy Law Blog
On October 31, 2012, the American Clean Skies Foundation published a report highlighting, on a state-by-state basis, the positive economic impacts for consumers and supply chains from the increased development and production of natural gas. The report notes that, since 2007, the oil and natural gas industry will create up to 1.6 million new jobs across the country and will increase the U.S. gross domestic product by up to $245 billion by 2017. In breaking these numbers down, the report estimates that for every billion cubic feet of additional gas demand per day, 13,000 new drilling and pipeline jobs are created, plus thousands of additional new jobs in various downstream sectors that use natural gas. Significant benefits highlighted in the report include Shell’s construction of an ethane plant and up to 145,000 new jobs in Pennsylvania, and how the development of natural gas resources in Ohio has brought new life to Ohio’s steel industry as U.S. Steel and Timken plan to expand to meet the increased demand for steel pipe and other drilling materials.
To read the report, see http://www.cleanskies.org/techeffect/