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Drilling creating jobs in region

September 22, 2013

PARKERSBURG — With natural gas drilling operations starting up in a number of areas, some are starting to see an increase in employment as development begins and wells are being set up to tap into......

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Sep-24-13 2:47 PM

We will see the future negative aspects of fracking when the gas companies and the paychecks are long gone. Then what? Who pays the external costs? Who drinks the tainted water? Who? The people that live in the area always get the blunt of the negative aspects. Potable water is more important than a paycheck. Wake up and investigate the situation, look at the source from which your information is coming. A gas man will tell you how safe and non damaging the procedure of fracking is to the environment but what will an environmentalist who is not in the gas man's pocket say about fracking.

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Sep-23-13 7:09 PM

That is just the Liberty Midstream. There is also a Utica side that starts in the North east Ohio region and comes down (Cadiz, OH)

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Sep-23-13 7:07 PM

"a transplant". I am in construction and don't have time to proof read. Sorry to busy!!! Got to go to work. LOL

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Sep-23-13 7:05 PM

Here's how it works. Most of the work is just now getting in the civil construction part. Some has started laying pipe (Ritchie and Wirt county) in the area. The processing plants are built in Wheeling, Moundsville, Mobley, Sherwood, Houston, PA. and so on. They will build in this are in due time. The plants that I have worked in are up and running and we move to the next faze on each one. I have lived here for 20 years so I don't exactly consider myself transparent. I also only work with construction trades union workers so about 95% of the workers on site are local. I can only speak for the sites I have been on and not all the work but the gas companies WILL NOT come knocking on your door and get you off the couch and PN&S isn't a hiring firm so I suggest going and knocking on their doors.

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Sep-23-13 3:28 PM

Don't think we need all these new hotels for 'local' workers.

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Sep-23-13 11:11 AM

With area schools just laying ground work for placing emphasis on the oil and gas industry field workers the rate of local employees is at present not that great. With time and training more workers will be trained and hired. Given Rome wasn't built in a day and the last oil and gas boom has never totally petered out, maybe this area can cash in once again on The Second Boom.

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Sep-22-13 10:06 PM

Whatever you say scooter, whatever you say.

Of course, the plethora of companies, old and new that now call Marcellus Shale Country home mean nothing, right.

I'm curious though, in addition to the direct jobs as a result of drilling, how do you explain all the indirect jobs that have been created?

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Sep-22-13 10:04 PM

Whatever you say scooter, whatever you say.

Of course, the plethora of companies, old and new that now Marcellus Shale Country home mean nothing, right.

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Sep-22-13 7:41 PM

Firstly, I'd like to start by apologizing for hurting one of the posters feelings. If I had a tissue to hand them maybe they could dry their eyes and begin to look for facts rather than the old worn out talking points provided by the industry. This article was about "creating jobs" ... when it should more accurately be about folks moving to WV with their current jobs and once construction is finished moving the jobs to the next state. Look on Workforce WV's job hunting site ... There are 4, that's right 4, jobs listed for the extraction industry in WV! Go to any major job search engine and seek "oil and gas" only a job or two will pop up! It's time to quit swallowing the bull, dry your eyes and take a good look ... unless of course you're one of the transient workers!

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Sep-22-13 6:52 PM

Took a little Sunday drive out RT 50 to Ellenboro across to RT 47 and back to Pburg. The company doing the drilling is doing all they can to be good neighbors. Talked o a local and asked what the helicopters were carrying under them. He said they were doing aerial seeding the right of ways along the path of the new pipelines. Also, he said they had reimbursed the state millions to repave the road. Sounds as if they are trying to correct any situation that might arise. Noticed some farmers driving new tractors that probably were paid for by lease money and the royalties haven't even started flowing. Doesn't seem like they are raping and pillaging that region.

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Sep-22-13 2:13 PM

Companies hire the employees who are skilled to do the job with little regard to their residence. Permanent employees, whether from WV or not, will have to move to WV if they want to keep the jobs.

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Sep-22-13 11:13 AM

Gee, no surprise an article celebrating oil and gas ... essentially by an oil and gas man. I'm not impressed by the job numbers because it fails to detail where these workers came from. These workers aren't necessarily unemployed West Virginians who have found a new career, but rather a lot of out-of-state workers who have migrated to the area via company transfers. Even a good number of the landmen are migrants. So to present this whole "boom" as creating a bunch of good jobs for Wood County residents who live here, school their kids here, pay taxes here, etc, is purely hogwash!

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Sep-22-13 10:43 AM

Tort reform is all and good, but West Virginians have not had a good experience with out of state energy companies. The history is that the landowners and the taxpayers of this state get economically raped and then the companies leave us with poverty and pollution after they have taken all that is worth taking.

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Sep-22-13 6:25 AM

tort reform is something that has needed to be done for years in WV. Unless lawmakers act, WV will not prosper to its fullest capability.

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