West Virginia's shale gas development could sustain almost 30,000 jobs by 2020, according to figures in a study by the Institute for 21st Century Energy, an arm of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The study, supported by the American Chemistry Council, also found that shale energy production could support 58,000 jobs by 2035. "The latest installment of this study allows us to quantify just how significant the impact on West Virginia's economy will be. It provides all the more reason to strongly support responsible shale energy development," said institute President and CEO Karen Harbert.
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