Northeastern PA Experiencing a Boom for Local Businesses from Marcellus Shale Drilling

A recent meeting of the Wyoming County (PA) Chamber of Commerce saw over 400 members, mostly from area small businesses, networking and listening to presenters who have already reaped financial rewards from Marcellus drilling activity in the area. Two examples:

Early on as the industry developed in Susquehanna County about 18 months ahead of Wyoming County, [Bill Kelley of Taylor Rental] noted an occasional need for drillers to borrow rental equipment when something broke down. Not only did Kelley enhance his inventory, but in the intervening months he saw a need and created a new spinoff business known as BX3 Oilfield Supply. He enlarged his workforce to handle the clients.

Art Carpenter who oversees the Skidder Shop just out Rt. 92 south of Tunkhannock said his business has become a franchise dealer for water tankers and frankly can’t keep the rigs that run around $170,000 on the lot long enough.*

It’s not only landowners and energy companies who benefit from drilling—the entire community benefits.

*The Susquehanna Independent Weekender (May 5) – Gas boom creating opportunity