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Gas drillers still ignoring law to include women and minorities

According to a recent survey by the industry group, the Marcellus Shale Coalition, 84 percent of workers are white. Men outnumber women three to one.

Joe Ulrich/ WITF

According to a recent survey by the industry group, the Marcellus Shale Coalition, 84 percent of gas workers are white. Men outnumber women three to one.

In an industry heavily dominated by white men, most gas drilling companies continue to ignore a state law requiring them to make efforts to include minority, women, and veteran-owned businesses in contracting opportunities.

As StateImpact Pennsylvania previously reported, last year marked the first time drillers had to fill out a legally-mandated diversity survey. Most of them didn’t respond.

Dave Spigelmyer, who heads the industry group the Marcellus Shale Coalition, says gas companies are committed to hiring locally.

“We will continue to make collaborative efforts – working with a diverse set of stakeholders – as shale development matures aimed at creating even more opportunities and partnerships with local businesses,” he wrote in an email.

Pennsylvania’s 2012 oil and gas law –known as Act 13– directs drillers to provide “maximum practicable contracting opportunities” to small diverse businesses. It doesn’t set quotas, but it does require gas companies to respond to an annual survey and use the state Department of General Services’ (DGS) database to identify certified small diverse businesses.

The response rate to this latest survey was better. Forty percent of companies replied this time, compared to 27 percent last year. Among those who responded, most said they did not employ any small diverse businesses, nor did they use the DGS database. Many companies reported that they already had their contractors selected.

The report also criticizes the industry for failing to engage in recruitment efforts specifically targeted at women, minorities, and veterans.

“Outreach efforts by producers continue to be an area of weakness,” DGS staff wrote, “16 of 27 producers (59 percent) did not participate in or provide networking events or job fairs for [small diverse businesses].”

According to a recent workforce survey by the Marcellus Shale Coalition, 84 percent of gas workers are listed as white. Latinos and blacks make up six and four percent, respectively and men outnumber women three to one.

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Comments

  • Jack Wolf

    Age too. They discriminate against those 50 and above. And, from what I can see, they only use the big environmental corporations for their environmental survey work.

  • Julieann Wozniak

    Not surprised. Inasmuch as they ignore the laws about making us sick and destroying water supplies. It’s all about the buck.

  • Blammm

    Yawn. What percentage of the cited minority populations resides outside of Philadelphia (where there is no Marcellus Shale activity)? I think that the 4% and 6% statistics are probably higher than their percentage of the adult population.

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