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How To Find A Job In The Marcellus Shale Drilling Area
Map Of The Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Drilling Area (Grey)
First learn what the Marcellus Formation is.
The buzz that is the Marcellus Formation is becoming a roar in the Northern United States. The Marcellus Formation is a massive rock strata that lies under Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York, Appalachia and even under the Great Lakes into Canada. It holds trillions of cubic feet of natural gas and was overlooked until very recently when horizontal drilling was developed.
There is a gold rush taking place in those areas where the Marcellus Formation is located. Once oil companies buy up the mineral rights from land owners they can begin the process of planning to drill. Currently there is a shortage of drilling rigs in the United States but that will change.
The jobs that will be available in the Marcellus Formation include everything from land men who search courthouse records to locate owners of land and offer them leases, to construction and heavy equipment operators to prepare oil rig locations and dig pipeline trenches. Welders will be needed to lay miles of pipeline to thousands of gas wells.
There will be compressor stations located along
major pipelines that will require maintenance crews. Gas wells all require
sophisticated meters which are hooked up by microwave antenna to a central
station to monitor them.
During the drilling phase oil companies will need
experienced rig workers yet unskilled roustabouts will be in demand. One way to
work your way up to roughneck is to start as a roustabout.
There will be a small rebirth of the dying steel
industry to serve the massive need for pipe and tanks.