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Shale boom has created 4,000 jobs in the Valley , Chamber asserts

Published: Sun, January 26, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

Shale boom has created 4,000 jobs in the Valley , Chamber asserts

I am writing in response to a letter published Jan. 19 by Courtney Cousins of Columbus. She raises questions about the actual economic impact of the oil and gas drilling boom on Ohio and suggests that the industry’s so-called temporary jobs aren’t worth the concerns she has with the industry.

Ms. Cousins is among several anti-shale development people who pooh-pooh the jobs being created by the oil and gas industry and its supply chain in Ohio. Well, here are the real facts about the actual economic impact of the oil and gas industry — at least for the Mahoning Valley. To say the least, it’s been a game-changer for our economy.

Since 2010, the Mahoning Valley and adjacent areas have seen at least 4,000 direct and indirect jobs created from shale development and an investment of more than $5 billion.

The Chamber has counted 25 job creation and investment projects related to the oil and gas industry since 2010, when Vallourec Star first announced it would build a new stainless steel pipe mill in the old Brier Hill Works area along U.S. Route 422. Vallourec ultimately spent more than $1 billion on the new advanced manufacturing facility that provides 350 direct jobs and about 1,800 indirect jobs.

The list of oil and gas-related projects that we’ve compiled includes 10 companies that announced supply-chain expansion or attraction projects; six companies expanding or establishing new service operations for the industry; five significant pipeline/processing plant projects; and four investments by oil- and gas-producing companies. The list doesn’t include the many hundreds and thousands of construction jobs created of the number of actual drilling jobs created.

Since the announcements of jobs and investment in the Valley began in 2010, the Youngstown-Warren Metro Area’s jobless rate has fallen from more than 13 percent to about 8 percent.

It’s amazing to me that we still have a small segment of the population making false statements that the industry is not generating jobs. That couldn’t be further from the truth.

I’m happy to see that most Valley residents support the oil and gas industry because they believe the industry is acting responsibly in protecting the environment and ensuring safety for their workers and because the industry is spurring job growth and investment, the likes of which the Valley hasn’t seen in generations.

Tom Humphries, Youngstown

The writer is president and CEO of the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber.


1NoBS(2238 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

Hotel parking lots are full of "fleet" vehicles - those are the people the shale oil industry is employing. And it makes sense - why would a company train personnel, use them for a few years or so, then move on to the next area where that skillset is needed, and train others? If they have people who are good at what they do, it makes sense that they just move the workers around with the work.

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2chazz53071(6 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

Not for locals, really? Perhaps you better drive 422 & Salt Springs and take a look. Shale boom has provided many jobs directly & indirectly be it either as a full time employee, a contractor or as someone who provides a service such as delivery of lunch, equipment or whatever. Those jobs were available to locals. All they had to do is get off their butts and apply. To say that they haven't helped the area is crazy. If you cannot see the affluence you have be wearing blinders.

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3billdog1(3254 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

Cathy although I am one that is all for the industry as long as they work responsibly, I'm not sure where you get your statistic of 90%? I agree many support jobs have come as a result of the industry. V&M will be providing jobs for at least the current and next generation. I live in an area that sees the progress everyday as they are drilling in close proximity to my home. Now they are talking transport lines. If those that want a job can lay down the pot long enough, maybe they can qualify to use a shovel. I haven't heard any job with this industry as being a slave labor job. I have a few friends that have made good money the past two or three years. Just because a few don't know anybody that has made a connection, don't mean it isn't happening.

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4YtownParent(474 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

DItto. It's created jobs and of course the naysayers won't use facts in their arguments, but it doesn't change the fact that they've been voted down on election day twice. Or that in my neighborhood we have a phone tree warning that they're coming down the street knocking on doors to collect signatures for their newest anti-fracking ballot petition.

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5allany2525(53 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago


The area hit the skids 30 plus years ago....the jobs
ARE being created but it will still be a while
before everyone is seeing the wealth.

The indirect jobs created by the oil and gas industry
are just as important as the direct jobs....many of
them second and third party companies that do
business WITH the oil companies. These jobs are
sometimes under-counted.

Transportation ndustries are already benefiting with
jobs trucking supplies, oil and gas products,
frack water and other materials, equipment,
supplies, etc.

New distribution hubs, gas processing plants,
midstream transport projects that are building
new pipelines and joining existing ones,
railroads that are either being built, repaired
or tied into other existing lines, commerce
centers with railyards, etc, etc.

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