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How Much Can West Virginia Count on Shale Jobs?

December 2, 2013

West Virginia Public News Service – Less than 1 percent of West Virginia’s jobs come from Marcellus shale drilling. That has many asking how much the state can count on that industry for its future. In a recently released study, the Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative found drilling and related work accounted for .8 percent of West Virginia’s total employment – far less than the industry claims. Read

┬áTed Boettner, executive director, West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy, said this is important because, in the past, mining, drilling and logging have cost the state more than they’ve made.