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Update: On Jobs, ABC World News Looks to Steubenville

ABC World News recently set out to report on the state of American job creation asking a few pretty basic questions. Questions like: Where exactly are the jobs? What do folks have to do to get them? What do they pay? And what do we need to do to replicate that success elsewhere?

Well, as ABC News found out, the answer in  Ohio can be found in Steubenville — but that’s not the only place. You see, thanks to the responsible development of American energy from shale in the Buckeye State, communities across the eastern portion of the state are gearing up for an economic renaissance — with good-paying jobs, for real-people, producing an clean energy source, right here in Ohio.

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So why is this Ohio town the focus of an investigative report by a major news network?

New shale gas discoveries combined with technological advancements in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have enabled production of natural gas reserves that were previously considered impossible to reach . A wealth of new reserves and American technological innovation have ushered in a revolution in shale development and, as a result, the creation of thousands of new American jobs and more than a hundred years worth of available, domestic natural gas. Development of shale gas in Steubenville – which sits atop the Utica Shale, one of the fastest growing resource basins in the country – has placed this former steel town on the map once again. And who knows? Just like we’ve seen up in Youngstown, perhaps the Utica will allow Steubenville to be a steel capital once again.

Please take a moment to watch the video from ABC News up above. Here below, we capture a few of the best quotes from the segment:

  • “Deep below ground, hope for a new way of life. It is the largest reserve of natural gas in the eastern US.” Notes ABC’s Cecilia Vega. “For years it sat dormant. Now technology has figured out a way to access the natural gas stored in shale rock which means a new industry rocketing into existence.” (0:46)
  • “No one here in Steubenville can remember the last time they heard of jobs coming to town that pay as much as $77,000 a year. But those jobs are coming, maybe even more than 200,000 of them over the next few years, all around this region.” (1:33)
  • “Louis McGowan grew up [in Steubenville] but had to leave years ago to find work in Texas. The new jobs boom allowed this Navy veteran to do something he never thought he’d be able to do—come home.” (1:15)
  • “In just the past 5 months, Steubenville has boomed. And if it keeps growing at this pace every adult living in town could have one of [these] jobs by spring.” (1:54)
  • “The state of Ohio needs [this] really bad” notes John Weber, Ohio Office of Workforce Development. (2:49)
  • “Well that shale bringing jobs to Steubenville stretches all the way into Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New York too… This could mean jobs all over the American east.”  (3:00)

As Navy veteran and Ohio native Louis McGowan notes, “I just want to work. That’s about it, I want to work.” (2:53) Luckily for folks like Louis, shale production is answering this plea for jobs with thousands of new employment opportunities and renewed economic opportunities for local communities, in Ohio and throughout the United States. In neighboring Pennsylvania, Washington County – located in the heart of Marcellus Shale activity – recently posted the third highest job growth percentage growth among all counties across the entire nation. Williamsport, PA, came in registering as the seventh fastest growing metropolitan area in the nation. Oil production from the Eagle Ford shale in south Texas has sparked jobs growth in the region, while development of the Bakken shale in North Dakota has led the way in keeping that state’s unemployment rate the lowest in the country. With 100 years of proven reserves to date, American innovation has expanded America’s domestic energy capacity and will continue to provide for many years down the road.

What some may call a “boom,” we call a sustained and expanding future with more jobs, more public revenues, more economic growth, more energy security and more hope for generations to come. These are the real benefits of the shale revolution, not just in eastern Ohio, but indeed all across America. Kudos to ABC News for picking up on the beat — soon enough, it will be just about impossible to ignore.



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