Shale gas boom lifts W.Va. construction industry

CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia’s construction industry is getting a lift from the Marcellus Shale drilling boom.

The industry employed 36,700 in June, up from 34,100 in June 2011.

Contractors Association of West Virginia executive director Mike Clowser says a number of these new jobs are in the Marcellus Shale industry.

Clowser tells the Sunday Gazette-Mail association members are putting in water and sewer lines and roads for oil and gas companies. Suppliers are providing stone for these projects.

Maynard C. Smith Construction president John Strickland says the drilling boom has put the company’s pipeline and building contractors to work.

Pray Construction president Mark Grigsby says at least 30 percent of the Scott Depot company’s work volume is tied to the natural gas industry.

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