Marcellus Shale Development (Natural Gas)

Central Pennsylvania is geographically positioned in the middle of the Marcellus Shale play, which is considered to be one of the largest potential natural gas reserves in the United States. While the existence of the resource has been known for years, only recent developments in technology that allow for horizontal drilling have made it possible to extract natural gas from the region. As major natural gas companies and their affiliated supply chain partners move into Centre, Clinton,Columbia and Lycoming Counties, the potential for significant job creation lies ahead. CPWDC is working with a number of regional partners to ensure that our residents are informed about the opportunities and demands of the industry as well as technically prepared to compete for the available jobs.

Interested in learning more about the types and volume of jobs expected? Click here to link to the Marcellus Shale Workforce Needs Assessment co-authored by the Pennsylvania College of Technology and Penn State University.

For a map of the Marcellus Shale and information on the number of wells and permits, click here.

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry’s Center for Workforce Information and Analysis (CWIA) produces monthly “Marcellus Shale Fast Facts” that examine the latest information regarding Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale industries and economic activity. Click here to visit CWIA’s webpage and to view the latest Marcellus Shale publication.