Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley is bopping around the state visiting factories that he says are benefitting from the Marcellus Shale boom. Cawley visited the Weiler Corporation’s Cresco plant on Tuesday. Weiler contributes parts to the pipeline industry. Karl Weiler told the Pocono Record that Marcellus Shale accounts for “about 3 percent” of his business.
Today, he toured Cleveland Brothers Equipment in Wilkes-Barre, which distributes heavy equipment. Cawley put out a press release about how the Marcellus Shale gas boom boosts jobs even in areas where drilling is not happening. The Lieutenant Governor recently chaired the Marcellus Shale Commission, which made recommendations to Governor Corbett on how to regulate and promote drilling for natural gas. Estimates on the number of jobs created by gas drilling in the state vary widely. But the pro-drilling Cawley says the gas industry has generated 72,000 new hires in the last 18 months.