In an otherwise antiquated Green Tree railyard, dozens of railcars move in from the Midwest, waiting to load thousands of tons of sand onto trucks to be transported to Marcellus Shale sites in bordering counties.
The Express-Times notes in a June 3 editorial (“Protect the river from floods, drilling”) that hydraulic fracturing — a critical energy production technology that has been safely deployed in Pennsylvania for more than 50 years — has never contaminated groundwater. That’s a fact confirmed by top environmental officials in Harrisburg and by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Everybody’s favourite moment in The Graduate is when the film’s hero is cornered by one of his parents’ friends. The older man’s advice to Benjamin Braddock consists of just one word – “plastics”. Something similar keeps happening to me at international conferences. I will be minding my own business, when a delegate will get up with a gleam in his eye and announce portentously – “shale gas!”
Wilkes Barre Times-Leader
SCRANTON – The president of the Marcellus Shale Coalition on Monday told regional community leaders that development of the Marcellus Shale not only will help the economy on a large scale, but it’s just as important to recognize the effects on the area business owners and the area job market.
The state’s growing natural gas industry offers expanding industrial and employment opportunities in the region, the head of an industry trade group said Thursday.
Some state representatives from around the Commonwealth got an idea of the tremendous impact the Marcellus Shale natural gas play has had on Bradford County during a public hearing in Ulster Thursday.
Jason Norris, of Dura-Bond Industries Inc. in Export, knows firsthand the economic impact of drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale formation.
Natural gas drilling is changing the landscape of the northern tier in many ways.
They call themselves the silent majority. They’re farmers and sportsmen, educators and entrepreneurs. And they want to drill for natural gas. Now.
The Marcellus Shale formation has had and will continue to have a profound impact on the economy of our county and our region. While some are concerned about the environmental considerations related to deep gas development, there is no question that the Marcellus Shale will benefit most of us greatly.