The Senate Majority Policy Committee is holding an informational hearing on the impact of Marcellus Shale drilling on employment opportunities in Pennsylvania, according to Senator Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming).
The hearing will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 18th in the Mount Laurel Room of the Professional Development Center at the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport.
Yaw expects several area legislators to participate in the discussion, which includes a panel of testifiers from public and private industry, drilling companies, educational institutions and job-creation organizations, focusing on the direct and indirect opportunities made available as natural gas developers and their supporting companies locate in the community and the affect it has been having on the unemployment rate for the area.
“The goal of this hearing is to make sure we know how to properly train our workforce to take advantage of the new jobs and opportunities that have been created as a result of the Marcellus Shale development,” Yaw said. “We have been presented with a tremendous economic opportunity as this new industry has come to the area and can provide good, family-sustaining jobs. Since we seem to be in this for the long haul, we need to work together to make sure our people are where they need to be, in terms of technical skills and experience, to take advantage of this situation to best benefit Pennsylvania’s workers and its economy.”
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