The American Chemical Council has put out a report that says expanding sources of natural gas could produce more than 35-thousand new jobs in Louisiana.

Louisiana Chemical Association spokesperson Dan Borne says shale gas projects in the state are a major source of investment. He says new chemical plants are being built and several existing plants being reopened or expanded. He says this will translate into thousands of jobs with starting salaries of 80 to 90 thousand dollars a year and more.