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Drillers use more imported steel

on August 05, 2014 10:34 AM

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Recent state data suggests that Marcellus shale natural gas drillers may be using far more imported steel pipe than previously thought, but the industry is questioning that figure.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Department of Environmental Protection records show that over the last two years 77 percent of the shale wells drilled in Pennsylvania were built with foreign steel, while 12 percent used American steel and 11 percent were mixed.

U.S. Steel Corp. says a glut of foreign tube steel has put about 260 people out of work at a plant near Pittsburgh and another in Belleville, Texas.

The Marcellus Shale Coalition, an industry group, says a brief survey found that more than 90 percent of the steel pipe its members use is American-made.

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