America's Onshore Energy Resources: Creating Jobs, Securing America, and Lowering Prices: Hearing Before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, March 14, 2013 [open pdf - 2MB]
This testimony compilation is from the March 14, 2013 hearing, "America's Onshore Energy Resources: Creating Jobs, Securing America, and Lowering Prices," before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources. From the opening statement of Doug Lamborn: "Today, we are here to discuss the economic benefits and job growth stemming from onshore oil and natural gas development. Many of the witnesses with us today are private business owners who are experiencing firsthand tremendous economic growth as a result of energy production in their regions. We will hear from a Pennsylvania restaurant owner who was able to open new locations and pay his staff 65% over minimum wage as a result of the increase in business, a midstream supplier who has seen his business more than triple since the natural gas boom began in Western Pennsylvania, an Komatsu equipment supplier who was able to nearly double his workforce in three years, and a Vermeer construction equipment supplier who has opened or relocated eight additional locations. And this is just a snapshot of the businesses around the country that have been able to expand due to onshore unconventional oil and natural gas development. Alternately, we will hear from a County Commissioner whose county may lose $100 million in investment due to hurdles to development put up by the Obama Administration. While we often discuss the jobs that are created in the upstream energy production, frequently overlooked are the indirect jobs created as a result of robust and thriving energy production in a region. For every direct job created in the shale gas sector, more than three indirect jobs are created. This includes jobs in construction, manufacturing, retail trade, transportation, finance, real estate, health services, and education. Many ofthese companies offer $20 an hour to start, plus benefits." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Doug Lamborn, Michael McKee, Whit Perryman, Frank M. Puskarich, Paul Battista, Don Shilling, Paul Cicio and Daniel Weiss.
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