Celebrating energy industry jobs in western Pennsylvania

The hardworking crews on the Marcellus Shale in western Pennsylvania were recognized for their efforts in the booming energy extraction field over the weekend at Roughneck Fest. The energy industry workers gathered for the event at the Washington County Fairgrounds, with a story at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review website showing rig workers competing in an arm-wrestling contest 

Take a look at the news coverage here 


Some rig workers reported working 28 days on, 14 days off, working long hoursto keep up with the demands of a booming industry. The story cited U.S. Department of Labor and Industry statistics showing the average wage of workers in the field rose from $30,490 to $35,390 between 2010 and 2011. Total industry employment in Pennsylvania was reported at 234,000.

Workers said they were hopeful that a strong natural gas play in Pennsylvania will allow them to work in the area for many years to come and support families with good wages.

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