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Director says thousands of jobs were created in W.Va. around Marcellus shale

By Wendy Holdren | November 24, 2014

While the southern portion of the state is largely barren when it comes to Marcellus shale activity, the northern part of the state is seeing a "modern-day gold rush," according to the West Virginia State Building and Construction Trades Council. 

Director Steve White said drilling the shale isn't the only part of the process that's creating jobs — it's also pipelines and processing facilities. 

Over the past three years, White said, he's seen a number of workers employed, with good pay and benefits, in West Virginia thanks to shale.

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Editorial: New fracking technology is lowering fuel prices

Charleston Daily Mail | October 27, 2014

The article in last Wednesday’s Daily Mail by Jared Hunt, “W.Va. gas prices fall below $3,” serves as a simple primer in basic economics.

“Gasoline prices have dipped below $3 in some parts of West Virginia, as prices fall to their lowest levels in nearly three years,” the story reported.

“We are producing a lot and we’ve got good supply,” said Jan Vineyard, president of the West Virginia Oil Marketers and Grocers Association.

Later in the story when explaining why fuel prices in the Cross Lanes area, which has several different retail chains competing for commuters, are generally lower than other parts of West Virginia, she said: “The more competition you have typically produces the most impact on price.”

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Chancellor says Marcellus shale jobs are there

By Jeff Jenkins in News | June 17, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — All two dozen students who recently completed two-year training certificates for jobs in the Marcellus shale industry got jobs and they are making about $70,000 a year according to state Community and Technical College Chancellor Jim Skidmore.

Skidmore updated state lawmakers Tuesday on the program that is offered at Pierpont Community and Technical College in Fairmont and West Virginia Northern Community College in Wheeling. He said there’s room for growth at both campuses.

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