Tuesday, April 10, 2012

No green light on fracking in NY, but gearing up for jobs

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While New York State still has not announced when it will allow drilling for natural gas to begin in its part of the Marcellus Shale, industry is already lining up prospects for the jobs that fracking will bring.

The New York Times' Green blog reports today that:
Broome County Community College, a business group and a coalition of landowners are holding a “career and education expo” on Wednesday ( April 11) for residents interested in learning about jobs in the gas industry.

Susan Oliver, a spokeswoman for the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, a group representing those who plan to lease their lands to gas companies for drilling, said the event would highlight the economic opportunities that natural gas development opens up, including jobs for engineers, land surveyors, mechanics, welders, and wildlife and wetlands specialists. It is to be held from 3 to 7 p.m. at the college, in Binghamton, N.Y., and there is no admission charge.

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