The Appalachian shale revolution has been an astounding event. It has lifted up a region often thought to be synonymous with poverty, creating opportunity.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has come out with an knock ’em dead report on the sheer magnitude of the Appalachian shale revolution. The boring title — “Shale gas production and labor market trends in the U.S. Marcellus-...” — distracts from the power of the data in illustrating what natural gas development has done economically for the region. It has created huge numbers of jobs in not only producing the gas, but also building the pipeline infrastructure required to deliver this clean fuel to urban consumers who save thousands of dollars annually in energy costs as a result.
Although the BLS report doesn’t use the term, it is essentially an analysis of the impact of the Appalachian shale revolution. It maps the region by county and also shows how much natural gas each produced in 2016.
The original map is interactive and yields the exact amount of gas produced in each. Here are the top 10 and Susquehanna is at the top of the heap, followed by Washington, Bradford and Greene Counties in Pennsylvania.