With the growing number of jobs needed to cater to those extracting gas from the Marcellus Shale beds, it's clear this area has a strong economic future.
Local manufacturers are having trouble finding enough workers who can read blueprints, run metal presses, weld or can large drive trucks.
An Oklahoma-based corporation is considering a billion-dollar investment in the region's Marcellus Shale natural gas reserves.
The Williams Companies Inc., has submitted preliminary paperwork to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in hopes of constructing a 260-mile stretch of 36-inch pipeline that would carry gas from Natrium, W.Va., to York County. The proposed line follows much of the existing Texas Eastern pipeline, which crosses through the southern part of Somerset County.
Williams spokesman Chris Stockton said the scope of the project — dubbed the Atlantic Access Pipeline — is unprecedented for his company.
Already there's trenchwork being done across the county connecting the new wells to existing pipelines.
The news of another pipeline across Somerset County shows promise of a growing industry that will help provide natural gas across the eastern coast of the United States.