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Workforce Development, Energy Literacy & Opportunity!

natural gas industryBrittany Thomas
Coordinator, External Affairs
Cabot Oil & Gas

  

George Stark, of Cabot Oil and Gas, sat down with PMA Perspective and discussed their commitment to workforce development and teaching energy literacy.

Last month we featured an episode of PMA Perspective which focused on the importance of workforce education through programs like Junior Achievement of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Opportunities in Energy and the Lackawanna College School of Petroleum & Natural Gas.

The folks at the Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association (PMA) also took time to sit down with George Stark, Cabot’s Director of External Affairs.

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Supporting Energy Jobs

natural gas industryBrittany Thomas
Coordinator, External Affairs
Cabot Oil & Gas

  

PMA Perspective focuses on supporting energy jobs in their latest program and talks about how the gas industry is helping train its future workforce.  

The following is an episode of PMA Perspective which is produced by the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association (PMA). PMA is the nonprofit, statewide trade organization representing the manufacturing sector in Pennsylvania’s public policy process.

You can follow PMA’s activities on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. PMA Perspective airs on PCN on Sundays at 5:30 p.m.

The episode focuses on supporting energy jobs and visits two locations in northeastern Pennsylvania helping prepare students for their future careers.

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Natural Gas Industry Educating Future Employees

natural gas industryBrittany Thomas
Coordinator, External Affairs
Cabot Oil & Gas

  

The natural gas industry is investing heavily to make sure they are giving their future employees the best education and hands on training possible.  

We’ve talked before about the importance of finding people with the right skillsets to help replace the aging workforce of the oil and natural gas industry. And of the importance of investing in the education of our future employees in programs such as Junior Achievement and Lackawanna College School of Petroleum & Natural Gas.

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Gas Industry Committed to Wildlife Conservation

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Freelance Journalist

 

The natural gas industry, along with Energy for Wildlife, sponsored a fundraising event for the National Wild Turkey Federation to continue to preserve and enhance wildlife habitats.

While some view the natural gas industry in northeastern Pennsylvania as a threat to the local environment, other people and organizations take a different approach and embrace the industry, viewing it as an opportunity to enhance the environment and the local habitat and wildlife. Despite the ups and downs of the gas industry, Pennsylvania’s natural resources will always be a huge part of the state. Perhaps Anadarko spokesman Mark Barbier said it best during Oct. 22’s Energy for Wildlife fundraising event:

“Even though our industry is in a lull right now, we need conservation efforts to continue,” he said. “Our industry may change but the wildlife will always be here, and wildlife contributions will go a long way in maintaining the positive relationship with the industry and the environment.”

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The Cabot Clay Shoot: Captured with Pictures

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Julie Lewis
Intern, Marketing and Gas Supply – Corning Natural Gas





This year’s Cabot Clay Shoot was held as a fundraiser for Lackawanna College to help support its School of Petroleum and Natural Gas Program.

As a student at Lackawanna College School of Petroleum and Natural Gas, I recently had the opportunity to volunteer for the second time at the annual Cabot Clay Shoot. This year, I offered to take pictures for the school in particular, but I also included general candid’s taken from all over the grounds. I thoroughly enjoyed getting around the three courses this time and actually watching teams shoot at the flying orange targets.

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Energy Education Program Now Offered at Valley View

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Freelance Journalist

 

Valley View High School is bringing energy to the classroom with its new Energy Education Program, making them the first school in Pennsylvania to offer a course of this kind at the high school level.

Energy as a whole is an ever-evolving and growing aspect of people’s lives. Developing more of it and making it as efficient as possible will be a boon for careers for years to come. It’s a global effort, but in Pennsylvania, natural gas, the state’s fastest growing energy industry, and education have always had a longstanding partnership to develop those careers.

While that partnership has typically been most noticeable among local colleges, this school year at Valley View High School sees a first-of-its-kind collaboration between natural gas and education, as the school and the industry teamed up to create a high school class devoted to energy.

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IMG Midstream Discusses The Future of PA Energy

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Freelance Journalist

 

IMG Midstream plans to build small-scale electric-generation facilities that will use Marcellus Shale gas and create local jobs.

As part of the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce‘s monthly education luncheon series, the Shadowbrook Inn & Resort hosted IMG Midstream on Wednesday to discuss the company’s power generation plans across northeastern Pennsylvania. Over 50 representatives of local businesses came to hear the presentation.

IMG Midstream is developing several relatively smaller-scale power generation facilities that will utilize Marcellus Shale gas. The advantages, according to IMG Midstream Senior Development Manager Matt Tripoli, include strategically placing the facilities near existing infrastructure as well as supporting local energy and local jobs.

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A Severance Tax Would Take Money Away From Education

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Director, External Affairs at Cabot Oil & Gas

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The pending Pennsylvania severance tax would over-tax an energy industry that is already promoting and supporting education, causing a reduction in funding.

As readers know, Cabot has launched a series of podcasts to keep the public updated on the current energy industry and the community surrounding it. This is another part of the series that has included “Marcellus Shale Success Threatened by Severance Tax” and “Cabot Reduces Methane Emissions as Production Soars” and we intend to do more.

I’ve also done a podcast that goes into detail about the energy industry and education. It specifically addresses the amount of money companies actually contribute to education in the Commonwealth.  I highlight not only Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation, but also EQT Corporation, Range Resources Corporation, Chevron, CONSOL Energy and Seneca Resources as companies who promote education and education funding.

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Tom Wolf Is Destroying “Jobs That Pay”

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Freelance Journalist

 

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s “Jobs That Pay” promise is being undermined by regulations and proposed taxes that are destroying existing “jobs that pay.”

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf seems to be developing a rather unsettling habit as his term gets further underway. It’s been touched on before how Wolf seems to view the economic benefits of the shale gas industry as an enemy to education and how the industry doesn’t pay its “fair share,” despite its actual devotion to education, but what is becoming more disconcerting is Wolf’s handling of issues from the state budget to business development.

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The Illusion of Natural Gas vs. Education

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Freelance Journalist

 

Governor Wolf’s severance tax on the natural gas industry for education is an illusion; the proposed tax does not even add up to the $1 billion that he has promised.

It grinds my gears; it truly does. There are not many things that do that to me, even though I think many can agree there’s certainly no shortage of things in our lives to get worked up about. To the point, though, what is grinding my gears is the relentless promotion of an idea presented as an irrefutable fact when it is actually false.

The obvious point here is the endless assault that Pennsylvania is only state that doesn’t have a severance tax. If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard that statement, I’d probably have enough money to balance the state budget myself at this point.

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