Marcellus Shale Coalition Releases Annual Workforce Survey

Nearly 95 percent of Pennsylvania’s Shale producers participated in the Marcellus Shale Coalition’s annual workforce survey.

Key survey highlights include:

  • 26.5 percent of new hires work in engineering and construction, 23 percent of new hires work in equipment operations; 15.2 percent in operations and maintenance, 8 percent in administration, 7 percent in land and 5 percent in environmental, health & safety;
  • 83 percent of new hires came from Marcellus Shale [Pa., Oh., W.Va., N.Y., Md.] states;
  • Positions most difficult to fill;
  • Workforce diversity; and
  • Recruitment methods and challenges, including educational and professional training needs.

Is the industry growing, stagnant or declining? Click here to read the entire study.

Looking for an Economic Powerhouse? Look to Pittsburgh

According to the Pittsburgh Business Times, the Bureau of Economic Analysis has identified Pittsburgh as a growing segment of the United States due to an increase in gross domestic product (“GDP”). Pittsburgh’s GDP has grown every year since 2001 – except for 2009, which was due to the recession.

The largest part of the GDP for Pittsburgh is the financial industry – including finance, insurance, real estate, rental and leasing activity.

Manufacturing is also on the increase and a huge boom from mining, most likely due to the Marcellus Shale.

Click this link – Pittsburgh region ranks in top 25 among US to read a pdf of the Pittsburgh Business Times article.

Pa. Commonwealth Court Act 13 Ruling

On July 17, 2014, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania ruled on the issues regarding Act 13 that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court had remanded to it in the Supreme Court’s December 2013 decision. The Commonwealth Court held constitutional Act 13 provisions providing (1) notice requirements related to spills should be made to public drinking water systems, without the same notice requirement for private drinking water systems [Section 3218.1], (2) physician non-disclosure requirements, prohibiting healthcare professionals from disclosing to others regarding the composition and quantities of hydro fracturing constituents [Section 3222.1], and (3) granting certain natural gas transport, storage, or sale corporations the power of eminent domain [Section 3241(a)].

However, the Commonwealth Court determined that Section 3305, which provided the Pennsylvania Utility Commission (“PUC”) with the ability to review zoning ordinances for compliance with Pennsylvania law and to withhold distribution of impact fee funds to communities with noncompliant ordinances, was unconstitutional. As a result of the Supreme Court decision to strike down portions of Act 13, the Commonwealth Court found that municipal ordinances related to drilling remain under the jurisdiction of the respective county Courts of Common Pleas, and that Section 3305 was not severable from the remainder of Act 13.

The PUC has appealed the ruling on Section 3305 to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Click here to read the Commonwealth Court decision.

A Look Ahead – What’s Next for the Oil and Gas Industry in 2014

With fewer than 125 days left in 2014, we find ourselves looking at What’s Next for the oil & gas industry in the Marcellus and Utica Shale Plays for the remainder of 2014. It has been an eventful year and with just four months until 2015, we look forward and identify key events and issues that are top of mind.

2014 Events
There are a wide range of upcoming events with programs and topics relevant to E&P, midstream, field services and downstream markets. Annual meetings, summits, roundtables and conferences provide valuable opportunities to learn from and connect with industry leaders. Click here for the entire list.

2014-2015 Legislative Issues
Those with interests in the Marcellus and Utica Shales will be actively monitoring the rulemaking process in the remainder of 2014, while preparing legislative initiatives and agendas for 2015. We take a look at prominent issues in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio that will be at the forefront. Click here to read the entire article.