Energy Capital of the East: Marcellus Shale Drilling Brings Economic Boost
From design to drilling to environmental engineering to the supply chain, Marcellus Shale development is responsible for hundreds of thousands of jobs in Pennsylvania—including thousands in the midstate, according to the state Department of Labor & Industry.
It’s an outcome that former Gov. Tom Corbett likes to talk about in an industry he sees as marking his legacy.
“You go up into the Williamsport area, you see the sudden growth from what had been there years and decades before,” he said. “Go to Washington County and go to Southpointe and see all the buildings that are there from the energy industry.”
Indeed, Southpointe has changed. The office park in Cecil Township, which is about 20 miles south of Pittsburgh, was once known for its pharmaceutical and technology companies and the ice rink where the Pittsburgh Penguins practiced.
Now, it is home to 150 businesses, including several large energy companies: Chesapeake Energy, Columbia Gas, Consol Energy, Halliburton, Noble Energy, Range Resources, and Rice Energy.