Number of Jobs from Shale Drilling is Exaggerated

By Shane Hoover
Repository staff writer

Posted Nov. 22, 2013 @ 12:01 am

The oil and natural-gas industry and its supporters have exaggerated the number of jobs created by shale drilling in Ohio and other states, a new study contends.

Released Thursday by a group called the Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative, the study looked at employment in the Marcellus and Utica shale states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York, Maryland and Virginia.

Between 2005 and 2012, shale drilling created 32,789 jobs in that six-state region; 2,791 of those were in Ohio, representing less than one-tenth of a percent of all jobs in the state, the study found.

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