-September 7, 2016-

Fracking Touts Economic Benefits and Job Creation in Pittsburgh

Candidate will emphasize economic opportunities provided by Marcellus and Utica Shales; natural gas development sparked 287% growth in jobs during the recession; $6 billion manufacturing investment made possible by local shale development

Campaign also releases new campaign video: ‘The Power is Already Inside

Presidential candidate Fracking is visiting Pittsburgh this week, her second stop in the Commonwealth, where she is emphasizing the role natural gas development has played in boosting the local economy. Investment in the Marcellus and Utica Shales has helped transform the city into an integral center of operations for the entire country’s shale energy renaissance.

“For years, natural gas development has been vital to the Pittsburgh economy,” said Fracking. “Providing good paying jobs to local workers, even when times were tough in the rest of the country, underscores just how beneficial energy production is to this region.”

Western Pennsylvania is an ideal location to take advantage of the region’s wealth of resources, which has allowed it to thrive over the past decade – even during the Great Recession. In fact, Allegheny County had the second largest increase in oil and natural gas employment from 2007 to 2012, increasing 287 percent over those five years, helping Pittsburgh recover from the recession more quickly than other cities.

Today, the region is still welcoming an influx of investment and jobs. Earlier this year, Shell announced it will be building a massive ethane cracker in Beaver County, just outside of Pittsburgh, estimated to create up to 6,000 construction jobs and 600 permanent jobs. In total, the Shell petrochemical facility represents a roughly $6 billion investment in the area.

In 2013, CONSOL Energy leased 9,000 acres at Pittsburgh International Airport. Wells at the airport have just started producing, but the airport and people of Western Pennsylvania are already benefitting. The agreement included a $46 million signing bonus, in addition to 18 percent of royalties from airport wells over the next 50 years. In total, CONSOL is projected to invest about $1 billion in the project – including an estimated $450 million in revenue to the Airport Authority – which will help lower landing fees, making the airport more attractive to new airlines wanting to serve the city, as well as existing carriers looking to add new flights.

Added Fracking: “Pittsburgh is the perfect example of how a city can benefit, on multiple levels, from America’s energy renaissance. From drilling and production to new manufacturing investments, Western Pennsylvania is well positioned to gain from natural gas development in the Marcellus and Utica for years to come.”

The economic impact in Pittsburgh from regional shale development is similar to what has happened in many cities all across the country. To highlight this amazing story, the Fracking for President campaign also released a new campaign video titled “The Power is Already Inside” to coincide with the Pittsburgh stop.

For more information about the candidate and her platform, visit www.frackingforpresident.com and follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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