Drilling Companies Reduce Investment In Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Recently, Marcellus gas drills have sprouted up like mushrooms over our landscape, but with wholesale gas prices falling more than 20 percent in the past year, companies are cutting back on exploration here and deciding where best to put their limited resources.

“So you either see companies reducing their capital investment in Pennsylvania, scaling back, not drilling as much as they’d like or redirecting those investments to other states,” Matt Pitzarella of Range Resources said.

Major gas exploration companies such as Chesapeake and Cabot are reducing their drilling significantly — and others like Talisman Energy have shifted some of that drilling to places like Texas where taxes are close to nil and where there is little opposition to the drilling unlike western Pennsylvania where environmentalists have come out strongly against the drilling and the city of Pittsburgh has passed an all-out ban.

“I think the gas companies are putting pressure on Pennsylvania to weaken their regulations,” says Myron Arnowitt of Clean Water Action. He says the gas companies are using the temporary pull back to pressure Pennsylvania to lighten the existing tax load and oversight and will not be walking away from western Pennsylvania.

“They all know that the Marcellus Shale has natural gas and they would like to drill for it, whether it’s today or tomorrow or next week or next month.”

But an exodus from Pennsylvania now would be surprising since recently sworn-in Governor Tom Corbett is a decided friend of the natural gas industry and has vowed not to impose a severance tax on drilling that has been adopted elsewhere. But Pitzarella says the state must become even more competitive.

“And Pennsylvania right now has to decide, ‘Do we want to just be competing for a playoff spot or do we want to be a championship team?’

“Because with limited dollars and low gas prices, it’s going to be the state that encourages the usage that comes out on top,” he said.

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  1. pele says:

    No tears flowing from these eyes after many of us in Greene County have seen a decline in the condition of roads and other infrastructure. In addition the roads have become so unsafe from the drivers with Texas, Oklahoma and other states that they refuse to abide by our speed laws. I and so many others say with no regret goodbye.

    1. sean says:

      The taxes charged to thes drilling out fits could be financing our roads.

      1. mlc says:

        That’s one of the (many) problems; PA has no severance tax. The trucking associated with the drilling and fracking operations put tremendous wear and tear on the roads — so drilling companies should certainly be paying for them, but for the most part they’re not. That’s aside from the hazardous materials being pumped into the ground and released on the surface, the air pollution caused by the gas, chemicals, and machinery, the social and economic distortion of communities when they are overrun by people from elsewhere and a few residents experience a windfall, the permanent destruction of land and ecosystems… the list goes on. There’s been money to PA politicians, to be sure, as well as to a few landowners (or rights-holders), but the tales of jobs for Pennsylvanians are mostly mythical and and the lack of a severance tax makes your argument about road-funding ring hollow.

      2. John Koval says:

        I like to see you try to get the companies pay for the roads…

  2. Fraking Joke says:

    I thought they all are packing up and leaving because Andy keeps finding these old farmers who thinks his cows are dieing off because of his well water being contaminated!

  3. Becky says:

    I wont be sad to see them go, I’m surrounded by 3 of them, they’re noisey, and as pele said above, the roads are horrible. And I can’t tell you how many times They’ve almost hit me on these back roads…..

  4. Duckdaddy says:

    Just keep working at mcdonalds and walmart or what ever min wage cant pay your own bills job. This is a chance for alot of people with little skill or brains to make a decent living. Its also a way to offer retirement to elderly land owners. The roads are falling apart everywhere not just on drill site areas.

    1. lisa says:

      i so agree. everyone’s complaining that there isn’t any work, & when it comes, they still aren’t happy!! as for the roads, i’m pretty certain that they are paying a tax to drive on em. all the other companies have to, truck drivers, coal companies, etc. and where is that money at? it surely isn’t fixing the roads in green county or anywhere else for that matter. furthermore, these guys coming from other states are spending money in our area. and a lot of it.

      1. JEFF T says:

        LISA AMEN SOME BODY WITH SOME SENSE I WOULD SAY COMMON SENSE BUT THAT ISNT SO COMMON

      2. TAKE YOUR GAS GOONS AND GET OUT says:

        You guys are out of touch to say the least!! Jobs have no place in a conversation about people objecting to gas wells because they are lethal. People have already been harmed and sickened and just because it wasn’t one of you….THAT SOMEHOW MEANS THE REST OF US PENNSYLVANIANS AREN’T HAPPY STILL? Do some research…the issue warrants that much investment of intelligence instead of just a big mouth with a lack of true knowledge.

    2. B Ethcross says:

      Yep, little skill or brains. That’s exactly what it would take to drive someone to work in a very toxic and dangerous industry, one that has already harmed the health of many people who live near these sites, and cost the lives of many pets and livestock across the country.

    3. Texarado says:

      If the gas field jobs are so plentiful, why all the trucks from CO and TX? Why are there no rental houses to be had?

    4. John Koval says:

      Most of the workers are not local but from Mexico or Texas, Oklahoma, Wyoming or other oil industry state…

  5. Tirade says:

    Most drilling companies are bringing in employees from other states and aren’t hiring Pennsylvanians. They come here with their own labor, pollute our water, and send the money back home. They are contributing nothing to the Pennsylvania except for pollution and bribes to politicians. Oh, and apparently they bought off KDKA too for running this “the worldwide drop in gas prices is obviously the fault of Pennsylvania taxes and regulation” blatant propaganda.

    Good riddance and don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

    P.S. KDKA, you should be ashamed of yourselves; even Fox News isn’t this brazen. Go back to 24/7 Steelers coverage because it’s the only thing you’re good at.

    1. JEFF T says:

      HAVE YOU ACTUALLY LOOKED AROUND TO SEE THAT THEY ARE/& HAVE BEEN LOOKING TO HIRE. THESE COMPANIES HAVE CREWS HERE TO GET STARTED. HOW MANY PEOPLE DO YOU KNOW THAT ACTUALLY HAVE RIG EXPERIENCE LOCALLY? FEW IF ANY UNLESS THEY HAVE MOVED TO THE STATES THAT HAVE THEM… ONCE AGAIN THEY LEFT PA
      TO FIND BETTER JOBS…. YOU HAVE ONE THING RIGHT THE LOCAL TV STATION & THE STEELERS 24/7.. WAKE UP & LOOK AT THE LACK OF JOB CREATION HERE TAXES OVER REGULATION & IT GOES ON & ON & ON

      1. denice says:

        I am in Clarion PA and we are overun with gas companies waste water trucks and frack water residue going into our river JOBS?????They have all our hotels full with drillers not from Pennsylvannia (I guess the hotels are happy but otherwise no new jobs!!!!!They will come to nw PA just like the coal industry stip our land take our resources and leave us with the cleanup happend here in several towns oil city is a ghost town after they did this and pennzoil took all operations to texas and the $$$$$$$and the jobs we are still doing mine reclamation here and are streams are full of acid mine drainage .So if they want to go to tx bye bye and we will still have clean water which right now we are losing.DMB

      2. lisa says:

        it is the D.E.P.’s job to make sure our water is clean, not the gas companies. and, i am SURE, if anyone is/was polluting our water, the D.E.P. would be all over it!!!

    2. Bob says:

      This is only partially true, as the local papers are full of job openings that support this industry. The jobs that are not being filled locally are those that involve more extensive training and movement from rig to rig.

      Before you go off on a tirade you really need to get your facts straight. If this industry is forced out of Pennsylvania, there goes thousands of jobs, revenue for Pennsylvania land owners, as well as the money being spent in retail and hospitality outlets.

      1. JEFF T says:

        BOB, AMEN PEOPLE JUST NOTICIED THE ROADS NEED FIXED? THE FORMER GOVERNER DIDNT HAVE A PROBLEM WITH LEASES TO HELP SHORE UP THE PENSION FUND FOR THIS STATE DID HE? MOST PEOPLE DONT KNOW THE ECONOMIC FACTS & BENEFITS…LOOK AT THE TOWNS THAT HAVE LOST INDUSTRY AND WHAT IT HAS DONE TO THERE TAX REVENUES!!!!

      2. Texarado says:

        You donlt have to see the ads to realize that these are skilled jobs that most people don’t have. They need certified welders, and other experienced skilled industry workers. How many of the ads say ‘No experience necessary’?

  6. Mike S says:

    Typical PA attitudes expressed here. Just sit around and watch as the economy dries up and blows away. Soon the only people left in Western PA will be the elderly that can’t afford to move to the south. Our best and brightest young people leave for better economic climates in other states as do many older entrepreneurs. Not in my backyard will be easier when you are the only one left.

    1. JEFF T says:

      MIKE S HAS GOT IT RIGHT. THIS ATTITUDE HERE IS SO CLOSED MINDED.
      HEY IF YOU OWN PROPERTY THAT HAS GAS GREAT DRILL…… OLD FAST EDDIE RENDELL DIDNT WAIT TO SELL OFF THE LEASING RIGHT TO DRILL ON STATE LAND NOW DID HE? WHY? TO FILL THE LOSSES IN THE OVER BLOATED UNDER PERFORMING PENSION GUARANTEES TO OUR WONDERFUL STATE EMPLOYEES THAT DONT EVER HAVE TO LOOK FOR WORK…BY THE WAY REMEMBER THE PROMISE ABOUT CLEAN COAL & GREEN ENERGY? GAS IS ONE OF THEM…. ANYBODY HAVE TO CHANGE THAT BATTERY IN YOUR HYBRID YET? HAVE FOUND A WAY TO DISPOSE OF THIS PROPERLY YET?????

  7. crash says:

    the only ones left with water to drink and wild game to eat, which we won’t be exporting to Texas! (or china, or norway, or england)

  8. JEFF T. says:

    THE GREAT UNINFORMED, WE THE PEOPLE OF THIS STATE. LETS KILL THESE GOOD PAYING JOBS. WE ALL WANT TO GO TO WORK AT WALMART. AS FAR AS THE ROADS GO LETS TAKE A LOOK AT THE CONDITIONS BEFORE THIS DRILLING STARTED, OH YEA THE DOT AND ARE GAS TAXES WERE FIXING THEM HUH? WAKE UP!!!! ANY OF YOU HEARD ALL THE ADS FOR THESE COMPANIES LOOKING FOR PEOPLE TO FILL THESE JOBS? HOW ABOUT THE TRAINING THATS AVAILABLE AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN THE AREA? HEY NEWS ALERT US STEEL & WESTINGHOUSE ARE NOT BUILDING NEW PLANTS HERE!!!!!!! MIKE S. IS RIGHT PEOPLE ARE LEAVING HERE BECAUSE OF NO OPPORTUNITY & THE FREAKING TAXES !!!! LETS START WITH GAMBLING , HOW MUCH HAS THAT REDUCED THE PROPERTY TAXES THAT ARE TOO HIGH!!! NO INDUSTRY IS PERFECT. NOT SOLAR, NOT WIND MILLS, NUCLEAR, SO I ASK HOW DO YOU PLAN ON HEATING YOUR HOMES….THATS RIGHT WITH GLOBAL WARMING WE WONT NEED HEAT NOW WILL WE….

    1. Art A says:

      before you speak as an advocate for the industry go to Mr Tilman’s blog from Dish texas on the total damage done to a comunity by the Francking industry.
      You may get a job that will damage you heallth and if a well is near the house you currently own you can’t sell, because the Banks redline these properties. U are an unimformed individual or a paid plant.

  9. 2059 says:

    if gas prices keep falling why the H E L L does Columbia Gas keep asking for, and getting raises from the worthless PUC

  10. hc says:

    Would be great if the drilling would just stop. I like to be able to drink my water and not light it on fire. Thanks.

    1. Bob says:

      And just how do you heat your home? How do you put fuel in the vehicle you drive? Do you have electricity in your house?

      You really can’t have it both ways.

  11. JEFF T says:

    ONCE AGAIN THE PEOPLE WATCH TV AND THE NEWS COVERS A ACCIDENT OR SOMETHING THAT HAS GONE WRONG AND THE REPLAY OVER AND OVER……. DOES ANYONE REMEMBER SOME OF THE LANDFILLS THAT HAD PROBLEMS WITH METHANE GAS ???? TILL THEY FIGURED OUT A SOLUTION……OR SHOULD WE SHUTDOWN THE LANDFILLS ? OH YOU DONT WANT THAT GARBAGE SITTING IN YOUR BACKYARD DO YOU? SO WHAT OTHER COMPANIES ARE ACTUALLY LOOKING TO HIRE HERE ?? THAT PAY WELL? SOUNDS LIKE SOME CLASS ENVY …..SOCIALISM ??? MAYBE SHOULD BURN COW DUNG TO KEEP WARM…

  12. Denice says:

    Jeff I dont know who you work for or where you live. But I would bet nowhere near drilling. We do here and if you think this is all lies .I would like to get you some water ffrom here to drink feeling lucky .Seriously people you wont need jobs if the water is not available . we have 100 tankers( out of town workers I) may add removing our river water and contaminating it with carcinogens and putting it back in.We get lots of tourist here from Pittsburgh. The DEP head released a statement recently in PA about Concern over our lack of regulations in PA We are one of the only states letting frack water to be released in our rivers.And that is why they had contamination problems in your rivers this summer in Pittsburgh
    REMEBER EVERYONE IS DOWNSTREAM FROM SOMEONE”

  13. John Koval says:

    You can thank ‘Fast Eddie’…….he got out while he could.

  14. John Koval says:

    Steve Miller said it best…”Take the money and run.”

  15. John Koval says:

    There is a new Governor in town and he might not take a liking to what the drillers are doing. So they are getting out while they can.

    1. In the Know says:

      BS!!! He’s giving them a fat plush red carpet to come in on.

  16. Dennis Mowrey says:

    I agree. Let’s all work at Walmart and not worry about improving everything. As for the roads? Weren’t they already bad before all of this happened or am I misreading the jokes about how bad our roads are? WAKE UP!!

  17. JEFF T says:

    DENISE YOU LOSE THIS BET I LIVE IN THE INDIANA AREA… NEVER SAID IT WAS ALL LIES ..YOU ASSUMED THAT (ASS/U/ME)? DONT INCLUDE ME IN YOUR CONCLUSIONS AS SUCH…. NO I DONT WORK IN THIS INDUSTRY.. THAT BEING SAID YOUR CITING THE DRILLING PRACTICES OF THE PAST, COAL MINING PRACTICES OF THE PAST ..THESE THINGS THAT HAPPENED PRIOR TO ANY OR VERY LITTLE REGULATIONS BACK IN THE DAY ..WE CAN TALK COAL MINING LOGGING HEAVY INDUSTRY ETC. HAVE THERE BEEN BAD THINGS IN THE PAST? CERTAINLY I WONT DISAGREE BUT … ARE YOU AWARE THAT BARIUNM , & ARSENIC ARE FOUND IN THE GROUND NATURALLY? I AM CURIOUS HOW DO YOU HEAT YOUR DWELLING? CAN YOU HONESTLY SAY THAT THE LOCAL ECONOMY CAN SURVIVE ON TOURISM? THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO MIGHT WANT TO WORK ON THESE RIGS & MAKE DECENT MONEY, RATHER THAN COLLECT WELFARE.. AS FAR AS ALL THE PEOPLE BEING FROM OUT OF TOWN,,, HOW MANY PEOPLE LOCALLY HAVE THE EXPERIENCE TO WORK ON THE RIGS….? OH BY THE WAY THEY HAVE BEEN OFFERING TRAINING ON NUMEROUS RADIO STATIONS WHERE TO GO ETC FOR PEOPLE INTERESTED LEARNING ABOUT. IT. AT THIS RATE YOU WOULD THE AGRICULTURE IN THIS STATE SHUT DOWN TOO? THEY USE FERTILIZERS & PESTICIDES…..ALSO HOW ABOUT GOLF COURSES??? CARE TO SHUT DOWN THE TOURISTS WHO COME IN TO TOWN ALSO???
    I WONDER HOW AL GORE & BARBERA STREISTAND HEAT THERE HOMES & FLY THOSE GULFSTREAM JETS….I BET THEIR ARMS WOULD GET TIRED FROM TRYING TO FLY… THERE NEEDS TO BE COMMON SENSE HERE DONT GET ME WRONG.. BECAUSE PENNSYLVANIA CERTAINLY NEEDS GOOD PAYING JOBS WE ALL CANT WORK FOR GOVERMENT . SO I SAY WELCOME DRILLERS AND DRILL BABY DRILL!!!! MAYBE YOU COULD CHECK & SEE WHERE ARE 44 CENTS A GALLON GAS TAX IS GOING. IT CERTAINLY DOESNT LOOK LIKE ITS FIXING THE ROADS NOW DOES IT?

  18. Gloria in Pittsburgh says:

    “companies are deciding where best to put their limited resources” This part’s a joke, right? Just the Marcellus shale is est. to be worth $3 TRILLION. That doesn’t count the Barnett, the Fayetteville, etc. These drillers have made billions and look to make trillions.

    Gas prices are dropping that & that only is the reason some drillers may be cutting back. They put millions into campaign coffers across the state to guarantee that there’d be no obstacles in their way. As destructive as hydrofracturing is, you’d think our state gov’t would be in favor of taxing the industry, to make up for the roads they destroy, the water sources they destroy, and on & on.

    Obviously no one source of energy, e.g. solar/wind is enough, especially considering our ever-rising energy consumption. But we’ve got ingenuity in this nation, let’s offer tax incentives to those looking for alternatives, rather than giving tax breaks to those still cheer leading for prehistoric fossil fuels.

    1. JEFF T says:

      SOUNDS LIKE CLASS ENVY ABOUNDS …. MAYBE WE SHOULD CONVERT THE USA INTO CHINA, RUSSIA , CUBA? AND EVERYONE CAN BE THE SAME HUH? LAST TIME I LOOKED PEOPLE WERE TRYING TO GET IN THIS GREAT COUNTRY HOW MANY ARE MOVING TO THE FORE MENTIONED COUNTRIES. THIS COUNTRY IS NOT PERFECT BUT I WILL TAKE IT OVER THE OTHERS GOD BLESS THE USA!!!!

      1. PittPaul says:

        JEFF T,
        PLEASE PUSH THE CAPS LOCK BUTTON ON YOUR KEYBOARD.
        There. That’s better. And there’s the things called periods…

        Jeff – where’d the comment about ‘class envy’ come from? What does it have to do with this discussion?

        Nat gas will be taken from our state, yes. But will our rivers and groundwater aquifers be polluted, undrinkable, unfishable, unswimmable like the way it was during the coal mining era? Will our roads be ruined by heavy and repetitive truck traffic? Will our air be polluted by methane gas discharges and leaks from pipelines that criss-cross our towns and properties?

        Gas drilling should be accomplished in a manner that minimizes the impacts on our environment. Especially after we spent much of the past 50 years cleaning up the mess left after a century of coal mining.

        Every surrounding state taxes marcellus shale drilling. We could use the tax to provide proper environmental oversight of drilling operations, and to fix our roads. The gas isn’t going anywhere. It’ll be here if it is drilled in 2011 or 2021.

        Let’s take the time to get this right. We won’t have another chance, and it will take another 50 years to clean up the mess after the boom goes bust if we don’t.

  19. DANALEIGH says:

    The same old argument from the drill baby drill side: How do you heat your home…what kind of car do you drive????? ect.
    That’s not the debate. At least not the relevant one. Those are just sound bites/industry propaganda and is without merit to the people that are paying the price for the profit of a few.
    Here’s the deal. This process currently uses dangerous chemicals. It DOES and HAS contaminated water, releases VOCs and chemicals that are known carcinogens into the air, and has had thousands of violations in the last couple years, mostly revolving around frack pits, poor casings, transportation and the like that all lead to the kind of incidents that many are trying to prevent.
    Why don’t the supporters of the industry start addressing those issues in their arguments?
    I challenge you all to back up what you say with facts. I can.
    Then at least they would seem as though they know of what they speak.

  20. DANALEIGH says:

    let me clarify one thing…..
    consumption and fossil fuel use is a relevant debate. i did not mean it was not relevant; i meant that it is just not the one people are bringing to the table when they are talking about health and safety issues regarding this industry.
    i personally do my best to live my life consuming less, being more efficient, and making better choices in regards to all things in my daily life: food, water, energy. I know that there is always room for improvement and will continue to work to do just that.
    who would not want to see the industry held to higher, stricter standards when comes to our environment and health?
    why would you argue that?
    trust me…..they are not going anywhere as long as there is gas beneath our feet. we should be calling the shots not them.
    the media and government are protecting/aiding them…..not the people.
    it seems as though now the motto should be changed to:

    of… the politicians
    by… the corporations
    for… the profit

    whatever happened to the people?

  21. Alex L says:

    I’m really glad they’re leaving. It will provide some relief and more time for residents affected by drilling to get organized and fight the loss of property values and clean up the messes that have already been created. I don’t want to see my rural PA pocked by 10 to 15 acre well pads any more than West Virginians want to see their mountains pillaged and stripped for coal. Keep PA a place we want to live in. We deserve jobs that don’t require us to get sick on site, destroy the places we live, and destroy the families who live around the drilling. If we transitioned from fossil fuels by focusing on weatherizing homes and displacing the need for coal, oil, and gas, not only would we create green jobs, they would be safer for those in my generation to work in and more permanent.

  22. Lou Hancherick says:

    For Talisman to say that Texas has little or no Tax is just true. Texas has a 7 1/2% extraction tax. Pennsylvania has none.

  23. Prudence says:

    that gas has been there for a few hundred million years and will still be there in a few years. But in a few years, the we will likely have better technology for safer drilling that does not use toxic chemicals in the hydraulic fracturing process. Although everyone wants money NOW, I say be patient and we can reap benefits in a few years without trashing the environment. And yes I know there are unemployed people now. Guess what? In five years we’ll still have unemployed people.

    As energy sources become scarcer, this resource will become MORE valuable. Thus we’ll get more for it later. That will mean more tax revenue and better royalties for we landowners (yes I am holding off on leasing my land).

    There is no reason to rush. That gas is like money in the bank collecting interest. The longer we leave it there, the more we will make.

  24. Irish says:

    WHY DOES EVERY DEBATABLE TOPIC SEEM TO HAVE ONE GUY WHO SCREAMS OUT THE SAME LINE OF REASONING EVERY THIRD COMMENT, BITTERLY CASTIGATING CONTRARY OPINIONS AND EXCLUSIVELY USING CAPITAL LETTERS?

  25. Jake says:

    There is no amount of jobs or money worth the destruction this industry brings. You want jobs, just check the facts of loss of land value when the drillers move in. By the time the noise is too loud you can’t sleep, the air so polluted you can’t breath and the water so contaminated you can’t drink it…………..it’s too late. This is irreversible damage, and PA is the only state where it is happening that is NOT collecting a severance tax. That’s just ridiculous.
    Everyone wants jobs and a better economy but not at the cost of good health and a healthy environment. Look at Ft. Worth TX….where drilling has been going on since 2005. They are $88 million in debt, i think everyone needs to do their homework on the subject. Especially Gov. Corbett and KDKA.

  26. mlc says:

    That’s one of the (many) problems; PA has no severance tax. The trucking associated with the drilling and fracking operations put tremendous wear and tear on the roads — so drilling companies should certainly be paying for them, but for the most part they’re not. That’s aside from the hazardous materials being pumped into the ground and released on the surface, the air pollution caused by the gas, chemicals, and machinery, the social and economic distortion of communities when they are overrun by people from elsewhere and a few residents experience a windfall, the permanent destruction of land and ecosystems… the list goes on. There’s been money to PA politicians, to be sure, as well as to a few landowners (or rights-holders), but the tales of jobs for Pennsylvanians are mostly mythical and and the lack of a severance tax makes the argument about road-funding ring hollow.

  27. Doug Shields says:

    YOU’RE WELCOME!

  28. Claudia from Pittsburgh says:

    Every time an industry is threatened with regulation the same old line gets recited about how they can’t afford the regulation, or the tax. Then they get their way, make their profits and leave the mess. I’m a “senior” now and I’ve heard this a lot before. The industry makes itsmoney by pushing as many of the pollution and public health costs onto the public side of theledger as it can-this is euphemistically called “externalities”-which means the rest of us pay or live with the damage. And as for that “jobs” thing-some businesses will have increased work for a short period, while pipelines and pads are being built, and stores and rentals will see more business, but that only lasts for a few months or a year or so and then most of the action moves on. And honest research has shown that people with lower incomes are hurt by the price increases and tight rental markets-not hired. Those fantastic numbers that newspapers dutifully reported are cooked. University research, unfortunately, can be bought-and made easy when the industry supplies the numbers that go into the formulas to generate the phony projections. My neighborhood is crawling with Texas license plates-one of the many ways we are helping the economy of Texas.

  29. Eli says:

    All of you are gay, ignorant and stupid. this is a backwards state and if we have our way it will stay that way. KDKA if you are reading this, you are just as stupid as the rest of these inbred yankees! and by the way…the Steelers suck! hope Green Bay beats them like a drum.

  30. troy says:

    all drilling companies bond any road they travel so ask yourself this where is their money going that they pay for a bond i know for a fact range resource has paid to fix many roads in Washington pa. even though the roads were bad before they started traveling them so where is the townships or counties spending the money on? that’s what a lot of people should be asking and also does anybody understand the amount of jobs they have brought here guess some people don’t understand how that works plus for many of years they have been using hydraulic fracturing on Dovonion gas wells that are so much shallower way more shallower then the Marcellus wells and they have never had a problem with the water so my opinion is no the fracturing part is not influencing the water suppose when our state goes into a severe recession and a lot of layoffs start back up then the government runs out of un-employment then people will start thinking about what they have done and pushed the money to be made out of the state and to other states

    1. JT says:

      AMEN TROY SOMEONE WHO KNOWS THE FACTS, SAME AS THE LOGGING TRUCKS . WHERE IS THE MONEY GOING? ALSO WHERE IS THE GAS TAX BEING SPENT? @ 44 CENTS A GALLON SOME ROADS CERTAINLY COULD BE FIXED DONT YA THINK?

  31. troy says:

    good question to ask “what would the average person do without the blue flame”?

  32. lap56 says:

    Hooray for Eli, well said!

  33. Jake says:

    The industry is bonded to fix the roads one time. after that it is the responsibility of the land owners/state/county/city/township/municipality/burro/we the taxpayers of this state.
    If you look into this industry you will find the same “liar at the top of the mine” Just like in the Gulf. It is a sad story that we do not learn from our mistakes. This is like the Gulf Oil Spill, Oil Explosion, Love Canal, Mountain top removal in reverse!!!!!
    Do we want to be the guinea pigs for the industry to “get it right” Politicians are saying we want it but it must be safe. Well be my guest and take a trip to Hickory, Pa, Dimock, PA, Dish and Ft. Worth TX. It is not being done safe and we do not have the luxury to have then keep doing it until they get it right. There is a HUGE public health issue that no one seems to be addressing. As I said this is irreversible damage that is occurring. At least in my lifetime. Is this what we want our children to face? “we do not inherit the earth, we borrow it from our children.” American Indian quote

    1. farfromnormal says:

      Funny you mention Dimock. Please explain the issues there. Unfortunatley, like these posts, the 13 families with “supposed issues” are speaking for all that live there. We have methane in our water, a well that was drilled in 1945 and can and have lit the water on fire since the 60’s when we realized we could. Also, have levels of arsenic and other pollutants in the water. No drilling has occured around us. Those with the “supposed issues” are sincere in causeing issues for the rest of us, while they continue to cash their royalty checks! I believe that if DEP tested 100% of the water in Dimock township, 98 % of those wells had these issues before drilling even occured. It’s time to stop blaming others for our misfortunes. Besides, we have all drank that water for this amount of time with no side effects. Those with “Supposed issues” have chosen not to accept the systems to “fix” their water issues. This is why they have been without water (still incorrect, the gas company has been providing them with water all this time) Did you know that, or do you only hear what they say at meetings and in the media? There are three sides to every store, his, hers and the truth. Unfortunatley, the truth is being heard because its “side” pays for a study to satisfy what their view is. Sorry, I do not buy your comments. PA DOT needs to be held accountable for not having our roads in top condition for years before the Oil and Gas Companies arrived. We are at fault because he do not question why the roads were not fixed. When are we, the taxpayers going to stand up to them? I’M READY, ANYONE WILLING TO JOIN ME?

  34. YINZER4DRILLING says:

    PA Unemployment rate has been decreasing and is becoming one of the lowest in the Country. Why???? Because of the Marcellus Shale. Proof – http://www.bls.gov/eag/eag.pa.htm

    PENNDOt can’t fix a pothole for years. In months, CABOT Oil and Gas built NEW bridges and roads. Just drive through DImock, PA to see for yourself. (And those were construction jobs !!!!)

    What about that mom and pop shop down the road that was about to close??? But, now due to booming business it is staying open. Guess whom is spending the money?? All those “evil drilling people.”

    Have you tried to rent an apartment, only to find out their is no vacancy. Why???? Those people from Texas, Oklahoma, and Colorado have rented them !!!

    Poor little Johnny, who did not have the best of grades to go to college now works as tech for an enegy services company and makes $25.00 an hour. He drives to a NEWLY renovated building that an energy services company just leased for $30,000 a month that was previously empty for 2 years because that manufacturing company moved over seas……..

    The people of Pittsburgh need to not care so much about the Steelers and take a moment to know the FACTS about the Marcellus Shale.

    1. Jeepers says:

      Actually, I know the facts about Marcellus. I worked with Cabot around Dimock. Sure they built new bridges and roads…because they abosolutely SHREDDED the road infrastructure in Susquehanna County. I found the drillers to be rude and obnoxious. Halliburton was also in the area and they were even more arrogant. Acted like we should all bow down and kiss their feet. And dont even get me started about the fights in the streets of Washington, PA and Tunkhannock/Mehoopany in Susquehanna Co.

      Oh and while youre in Dimock, have a nice tall glass of Dimock lemonade, courtesy of Cabot and its frackwater. Available in several residences that have well water.

      I could care less theat they drill just as long as they fully disclose the composition of their frackwater, abide by the regulations and pay an extract tax. Landowners pay taxes on their signing bonus as well as their royalties so why in the heck should the gas companies not have to pay?

  35. Ed4gasjobs&taxes! says:

    I work in the gas fields. I also have lived and payed taxes in Pa.for all most 18 years. I found this job by calling an ad in the help wanted section of a local paper. I am making great money and still paying Pa. state taxes. As far as the housing in these area goes its the greedy LOCAL home owners that are making all the money. All the service jobs are getting a piece of this new found wealth. Say what you want but we need the jobs and taxes in our state. The gas companies also rebuild a lot of roads . Just look at the sings by many of these rebuilt or repaired roads.

  36. sergio says:

    the people of western pa are so afraid of change, in any way shape or form. it truly is this areas downfall.. this is why jobs and people seeking higher paying jobs (more then 12 bucks an HR) leave the region

    1. Jt says:

      Sergio & Ed4gasjobs&taxes, are so right maybe there is hope God bless the 2 of you. By the way I am not for destoying the enviroment and that is all the outrage here. I WANT TO KNOW WHY DONT THE GOVERMENT START CLEANING UP ITS OWN TOXIC ENVIROMENTAL DISASTERS.. AKA MILITARY BASES, & REMEMBER HOW MUCH INDUSTRY DID ALL KINDS OF WORK DURING ALL THE DIFFERENT WARS …YOU NEVER HEAR THIS BUT LOOK IN TO THESE ALSO ….ONCE AGAIN THE GREAT UNINFORMED!
      Also has anyone looked into the tocicity of the chemicals that are used in the solar panels ? If you look that dont have a way to dispose of the spent panels .

  37. Deirdre says:

    PA Constitution Article 1 Section 27…we have the RIGHT to clean water. The process of fracking has not been PROVEN as a safe process…AND it continues our dependancy on fossil fuels…we are SMARTER!!!!! Thank you Mr. President for urging America OFF of our oild thirst!!!

    1. jt says:

      natural gas is considered a green fuel by Mr. President ,as is ethanol! read what he has said in the past. not to mention it also reduces are dependency from overseas…..so what is the enviromental impact from windmills? ever heard them… and what about the chemicals from the solar panels…..? the batteries from these hybrid cars???? once again there isnt a industry that is 100% “clean”

    2. Jeepers says:

      Have some Dimock lemonade, Deidre. Buit first why dont you wash your hands in some contaminated well water….just make sure you arent smoking a cigarette, because the water might catch fire.

  38. Township Auditor says:

    !) All PA Townships require that an Insurance Bond be paid on EACH individual road that is being used by any construction company with heavy equipment, and then after the job is done, that construction or Gas Company MUST repair or re-pave each individual road back to its original condition, BY PA LAW.

    2) PA DEP Rules and Regulations have protected Property Owners Rights for Gas Well issues for years and years. Gas Companies cannot afford to deliberately ignore DEP guidelines. There is an extremely detailed permit process that must be passed before a Gas Company can do any work in PA.

    3) Did you know that Indiana County PA has over 13,000 Gas Wells? Every one of those gas wells was drilled through the 500 foot water table to get to the gas.

    4) By DEP Rules and Regulations, Gas Companies must double-case Gas Wells and put cement between the two casings to prevent water table problems. Gas Companies double case to over 1,000 feet deep and some go as far as 2,500 feet deep with double casing and cement. Keep in mind that the water table is only 500 feet deep.

    5) If you refer to the Penn State web site, you will see that Geologists are clear in explaining that coal-bed methane gas (gas inside coal seams) is the culprit when it comes to gas seeping into water wells – it can be a natural occurrence – gas seeps up out of the ground naturally. Many people have seen gas bubbles come up through spring water.

    1. Art A says:

      On what payroll are you on the township or the Oil and Gas industry? The bond for road damage is minute compaired to the actual repair cost they will forfeit the bond everytime and walk.

  39. DJ says:

    Ive always said that we should have an extraction tax just like every other state. In fact you can make it the highest in the nation because the gas companies arent going anywhere. Theres too much gas in the Marcellus layer for companies to leave. Sure if they want they can scale back but they can but they will be back. Gas prices will go up again…and gas will be booming again.

    Range isnt going anywhere because they made an investment in the area just like the other companies If they were so concerned about it, why arent they scaling back or moving like Talisman, Cabot and Chesapeake? .

    And they leave and no one comes in? Well we still have our streams and our well water….after all…you cant drink money.

  40. jt says:

    PITTPAUL,, SORRY PROFESSOR I DIDNT REALIZE THAT I WAS BEING GRADED ON GRAMMER , & THE FACT THAT THE CAPS LOCK IS ON… IT MAKES IT EASIER TO READ. AS FAR AS THE CLASS ENVY, COMMENT IT WAS IN REGARDS TO A POST THAT WAS HERE BEFORE. THAT PERSON WAS SAYING SOMETHING TO THE EFFECT OF IT WASNT FAIR THAT PEOPLE WERE MAKING ALL THIS MONEY,,THAT S WHERE IT CAME FROM… CHECK THE COMMENT ABOVE , WHAT THE REGULATIONS REGARDING DRILLING /CASINGS & ROADS….AS I SAID BEFORE THAT ALOT OF THE ENVIROMENTAL DESTRUCTION FROM PREVOIUS INDUSTRY WAS BEFORE THESE LAWS EXISTED…. HOW MANY TIMES IS THE GOVERMENT GOING TO REWRITE THESE LAWS ? PRETTY SOON YOU WONT BE ABLE TO DRIVE A CAR (..BETWEEN THE EPA & DEP ETC )

    WHY DO YOU THINK ALOT OF THE GOOD PAYING JOBS HAVE LEFT THIS COUNTRY? OVER REGULATION /TAXES,,,, NOW HEALTH CARE???

    1. Pittpaul says:

      JT/Jeff,
      You (and I) are ALWAYS graded on grammar, sir. It reflects on what you are saying and whether I believe you know what you are talking about. It’s like manners, you know? It is not easier to read, and it appears as though you are screaming, Most newspapers and books have adopted lower case because of this very reason.

      We need to enforce the environmental rules that are on the books, and that is difficult to do when the PADEP has a few inspectors for 5 or 6 counties. How often can they visit a particular drill site to make sure the casing is being properly installed, or that the frac water is contained? I work with the PADEP on projects and since the economic crisis of 2008, their staff has been decimated. It takes months to review our submittals because they are spread so thin. A Severance tax (7.5% in Texas) could provide the funds to hire more inspectors.

      Jobs left the contry because there are folks are willing to work in China for $1 per day, without their employers being subjected to environmental protection laws or OSHA oversight, nor Labor Boards requiring them to limit their employees to 8 hours per day. Is that fair? Do you want to go back to 6 days at 12 hours per day? Read “I’ll See You in Hell”, the story of A Carnegie and HC Frick to get an idea what it was like before the Unions you likely despise so much came to power.

      And if you can see beyond the smoke and hot air that the Tea Baggers spew, the new health care law will relieve companies from providing health care for a small fee, LESS than the cost of providing health care for their employees do now. Japan, Korea, Europe have all relieved their industries of this requirement long ago, and their companies reduce the compensation for their employees accordingly, tilting the economy of building things in their favor.

      Further, I see that you may have commented “Why doesn’t the government cleanup their own messes?” I have worked on Charleston Air Force Base, the Indianapolis Navy installation, the Fernald Nuclear Processing facility in the past 20 years doing just that, remediating muclear contamination, fuel spills, and the like. The government is cleaning up, my friend.

  41. jt says:

    PITTPAUL ONE I AM NOT SCREAMING ABOUT THIS , THAT S YOUR ASSUMPTION , NOT MY INTENT,,, THE HEALTH CARE IS A JOKE EXAMPLE
    MY HEALTH CARE COSTS LAST YEAR WERE $45./WEEK THIS YEAR I NOW PAY $121 /WEEK AND FYI I BELONG TO A UNION..CARD CARRYING ACTIVE MEMBER SO . UNIONS CAME BACK IN THE DAY BEFORE THERE WERE THESE GOVERMENT AGENCIES SUCH AS EPA OSHA, EEOC & LABOR & INDUSTRY. AND HONESTLY BEFORE YOU LABEL THE TEA BAGGERS YOU MIGHT WANT TO ACTUALLY SEE WHAT THEY ARE ALL ABOUT . RATHER THAN WHAT THE WIND BAGS ON NBC ABC MSN CNN
    ALSO THE GOVERMENT IS PROBABLY THE BIGGEST POLLUTER AROUND . SURE THEY HAD COMPANIES THAT PERFORMED THE WORK BUT FOR THE GOVERMENT. THESE OTHER COUNTRIES THAT HAVE SOCIALIZED MEDICINE HAVE POOR HEALTH CARE AND IS RATIONED ALSO .. CUBA CHINA KOREA ENGLAND EVEN CANADA HEALTH CARE SUCKS COMPARED TO WHAT WE USED TO HAVE BEFORE THIS PERSON PASTED THIS 2700 PAGE PIECE OF GARBAGE….. YES YOU HAVE CITED EXAMPLES OF THE CLEANUPS BUT THERE ARE FAR MORE THAN HAVENT BEEN TOUCHED. BY THE WAY ARE YOU AWARE THAT THE UNIONS SPENT 900 MILLON TO GET THIS PERSON ELECTED? YES I AM AWARE OF THE UNION HISTORY IN PGH AREA . THE PRIVATE SECTOR UNIONS ARE GOING BROKE , THE UNIONS THAT ARE ADDING MEMBERS IS THE GOVERMENT….. 16% OF THE WORKFORCE IS UNION NATIONWIDE … 7% IS PRIVATE THE OTHER 9% WORK FOR THE GOVERMENT . AND I WOULD BEING WILLING TO BET THAT THE TAHT NUMBER IN GOVERMENT IS OFF DUE TO ALL THE HIRING OF GOVERMENT EMPLOYEES.. THANKS JFK FOR ALLOWING IT…..

    1. pittpaul says:

      JT,
      And you are blaming your rise in health care costs on Obama Care? The main components of the health care law don’t even kick in until 2014! don’t you want to do away with preexisiting conditions? Lifetime limits of coverage? cover your kids until they’re 26? AM I missing someothing? Are these all bad things? OK, how about covering 36 million more people that don’t currently have insurance? We are the richest country on ther fieakinn’ planet and we got people who can’t afford to see a doctor? Are you that mean and angy and unforginving to allow that to happen?

      Health care costs have been rising 13% per year since 1990. The main reason Americans don’t get any pay raises is becasue their employers can’t afford to keep paying for increases in health care and give you a raise, too. Capice?

      Here is what a UN study said about US Health Care: “Life expectancy in the USA is ranked 50th in the world. The World Health Organization (WHO), in 2000, ranked the U.S. health care system as the highest in cost, first in responsiveness, 37th in overall performance, and 72nd by overall level of health (among 191 member nations included in the study).[14][15] The Commonwealth Fund ranked the United States last in the quality of health care among similar countries,[16] and notes U.S. care costs the most.[17]”
      Do you think the UN WHO has an axe to grind against the US? I f so, you are a bigger conspiracy theorist than I thought.

      Sorry to derail the conversation from drilling to health care, but it gauls me that people have such short memories about the problems of health care in the US and the Democrats lonely attempt to fix them over the past two years. The Repubs sat on their hands for two years, and NOW they want to talk about health care? And all they want is to take legal rights away from individuals? Gimme a break.

      1. jt says:

        PITTPAUL,
        SO THE REAL GUY FINALLY SURFACES, ANGRY LIBERAL THAT WORKS IN ACADEMIA? OR A GOVERMENT EMPLOYEE MAYBE EVEN A TEACHER?
        PROBABLY A DEMOCRATE…..WHICH I AM TOO SEE IT S NOT YOUR GRANDFATHERS DEMOCRATIC PARTY ANYMORE.. NO I DONT HAVE A PROBLEM WITH MAKING INSURANCE MORE AFFORDABLE.. IN FACT MY ONE CHILD WAS REMOVED FROM MY HEALYH CARE COVERAGE & NEEDED A MINOR SURGERY DONE …. SO GUESS WHAT “WE ” PAID OUT OF POCKET… SO ONE THING i AGREE WITH IS BEING ABLE TO KEEP YOUR CHILDREN ON PAST 19 IF THEY ARE A FULL TIME STUDENT…BELEIVE ME I AM NOT THROWING HEAPS OF PRAISE AT THE FEET OF EITHEIR PARTY OR FOLLOW PARTY LINES . IN FACT THAT IS ONE OF THE REASONS WE ARE WHERE WE ARE TODAY , FOLLOWING LOCK STEP WITH A CERTAIN PARTY . AS FAR AS THE THE UN & THE WHO IF YOU ACTUALLY DO SOME RESEARCH , THOSE 2 ORGANIZATIONS ARE EXTREMELY CORRUPT. I AGREE WITH YOU ABOUT THE HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY & THE ISSUES… THE ELECTED COULD START BY ALLOWING US AS RESIDENTS OF PENNSYLVANIA TO OPEN THE STATE UP TO HAVE OTHER COMPANIES BESIDES THE ONES THAT ARE “ALLOWED ” TO DO BUSINEESS IN PA. ARE YOU AWARE IN TEXAS, THEY DID AWAY WITH THERE APPROVED INSURANCE COMPANIES? AND OPENED IT OPENED UP THE MARKET SO ANY COMPANY COULD SELL THERE PRODUCTS.. SO THEY REDUCED THE COST OF INSURANCE TO “ALL” THE PEOPLE OF TEXAS BY 38% …. 2700 PAGE HEALTH CARE REFORM BECOMES LAW THEN WE READ IT TO SEE WHATS IN IT THEN ?
        HITLER TOLD THE JEWS THAT THOSE WERE SHOWERS TOO.. PEOPLE NEED TO QUIT BEING SHEEPOLE AND START LOOKING @ WHAT IS GOING ON ALL POLITICANS “MUST” BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE INSTEAD OF FORCING THESE UNFUNDED MANDATES SUCH AS HEALTH CARE…..

    2. Pittpaul says:

      JT,
      I am responding here because I couldn’t reply to your latest post.

      I could find no reference to your statement about the Texas health insurance market (“OPENED IT OPENED UP THE MARKET SO ANY COMPANY COULD SELL THERE PRODUCTS”) being open to everyone. Please provide me a reference.

      And your calling me an angry liberal shouldn’t change anything, or does it? My opinions don’t count? How about if I am a registered Civil Engineer? Do my opinions count then?

      Anyway, I am most interested in finding a solution to the health care issue, Democratic, progressive, conservative, Union, Corporate lackey, right-wing nut – whatever. I was disgusted last year when the Repubs wouldn’t even enter the fray in trying to work out a solution, and then use the polls to back their cause. Everyone had something to dislike in the bill, some like me thought it didn’t go far enough in reducing the cost of HC. Still, adding 10% of our citizens to the system was a great first step. I believe HC costs cut to the core of American competitiveness and the ability of us to make stuff here and sell it there. If American corporations are responsible for providing HC and Korea’s are not, isn’t that an unfair economic burden for the US? American health care is the most costly on the planet, and all the health statistics show we have worse outcomes than most other nations. we need to fix it or its going to swallow our economy. And preventing citizens from sueing because Dr. Bourbon cut off the wrong leg is not the solution.

      OK ,I promise, no more health care talk.

      1. jt says:

        PITTPAUL,
        I DONT DISAGREE ABOUT SOMETHING SHOULD BE DONE… WE BOTH ACTUALLY AGREE ON THAT … AS FOR AS THE COMMENT I SAID YOU SOUND LIKE NOT THAT YOU ARE AN ANGRY LIB . THAT WOULD BE AN UNFAIR LABEL. JUST AS YOU ASSUMED THAT I WAS ANTI-UNION……OR IT WAS PRESENTED THAT WAY… I ACTUALLY THINK THAT ALOT MORE IN THIS COUNTRY COULD BE ACCOMPLISHED WITH CIVIL DEBATE… II ALSO AGREE WITH THE BURDEN PART ON US COMPANIES…. BUT THE CORPORATE TAX RATES ARE ALSO HIGH…. ITS TOUGH TO COMPETE WITH CHINA ETC…….CHEAP LABOR NO LABOR LAWS.. NO EPA ETC… MY ACTUAL EDUCATION IS IN THE ENGINEERING ALSO…SO THERE YOU HAVE IT MY FRIEND….. HOW ABOUT THAT?????

  42. hadenough says:

    Jobs?- How about the revenue from gas leases that has been a BOOM to homeowners and that $$ has been used to build, rebuild, remodel, etc. Environmental groups- EDF, Sierra, NRDC, have a mantra- Eat dirt, live in caves- they don’t care about JOBS- just make sure you have the right Dang light bulb in your house- you know- the mercury laden one.Get real- drill- get the jobs and deal with the problems that go with it- besides- DON’T gasoline taxes pay for roads maintenance?Or the Re- investment act?(aka stimulus)

  43. jt says:

    HADENOUGH…

    YOU HIT THAT ON THE HEAD.

    1. Irish says:

      Dialogue quickly declines when an indignant SHOUTER starts providing every other answer. Like Gresham’s law, it drives good comments out. They use this sort of bullying tactic at town hall meetings, too.

      1. jt says:

        IRISH.
        WHO S SHOUTING? ONCE AGAIN THATS “YOUR” ASSUMPTION NOT MY INTENT…… OK SAME LINE THAT PEOPLE AT ACORN USED & THE TIDES FOUNDATION … I BET YOU KNOW ANDY STERN TOO? BY THE WAY NO BULLYING , HOW DOES THIS COME UNDER THE LABEL OF BULLYING? CHECK THE FACTS DO SOME RESEARCH…I ENCOURAGE IT …I TO BELEIVED ALOT OF THIS TILL I STARTED LOOKING AROUND.. WHY IS IT IF YOU DONT AGREE WITH WHAT SOMEONE ELSE SAYS IT GETS A LABEL SUCH AS BULLYING OR RACISM OR HURT SPEECH? THATS WHAT IS WRONG WITH OUR COUNTRY TODAY NO DEBATING …JUST IS BECAUSE YOU THINK IT IS RIGHT….I WOULD BE GLAD TO SIT & DISCUSS THESE TOPICS WITH YOU…..GAME FOR THAT ONE? THAT WAY
        YOU CAN SHOUT @ ME IN PERSON. THESE OPEN DISCUSSIONS COULD HELP THIS COUNTRY GROW & FIX SOME OF THE PROBLEMS VS. HERE IT IS THIS WORKS FOR ALL…..

  44. ConcernedParent says:

    They will not be missed. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out. Bye, Bye, Bye.

  45. Concerned parent #2! says:

    Please go away……..I’m concerned for my baby boy that our area will be changed for the worst and I want a clean, healthy environment for him to grow up in. Pittsburgh and the surrounding area wants NO parts of you………..Go away!!!

  46. One who knows says:

    Once the drilling is done in the area and they move to another there will be a bust, there will empty hotels, there will be a lot of homes for sale which will drive down property values. The job description needed to fill these jobs include oil and gas field experience which most people in western PA don’t have, so they bring in their own workers. They are building without permits, intimidating landowners and townships. They are paying off township officials who are blackmailing them, this is what is driving up the cost to build these sites and this is what is causing them to leave. They came in drilled like the wild wild west capped their wells and are waiting until gas prices go up. They don’t have the infrastructure to process all of the gas wells being drilled yet but compressor station are being built at a breakneck speed and are not being done safely. Shall I go on?

  47. Jake says:

    Be aware that the regulations that are being spoken of are for the old shallow wells. Not the new, unregulated hydro fracking that is being done now into the Marcellus Shale. This is where the industry keeps misleading the public. The Oil and Gas act was written in 1985 and does not take into effect this new hydrofracking Halliburton practice.
    This is not the same shallow well natural gas extraction that has been going on for years in PA. This is why we need to take notice and change the regulations, which by chance were supposedly being enforced by a number of people who were just announced to new positions in the Natural Gas Industry. It’s all out there folks. Do your homework. This is irreversible damage to our environment. May we learn from our mistakes.

  48. Jake says:

    Because our economy is so bad and unemployment is at an all time high the industry is able to take complete advantage of all of us. I want jobs and a better economy but not at the risk of more pollution, more toxic air.
    You are all under the assumption that those of us who are concerned are against that. Maybe it is just that we think clean water to drink is more important the stamped of Water Buffalos, and that the health and welfare of our families is more important than money. Nothing is more important than health and there is a lot of proof where this industry is operating that you better be willing to risk that for the almighty dollar.

  49. Ron says:

    There are too many unanswered questions and its simply not worth the risk to let the drillers do whatever they want.

  50. John Babeji says:

    Jealousy greed and envey rules the world. In my opinion, the only people complaining are the ones who are getting nothing from the gas people.

  51. Tex5959 says:

    …I do work on a drilling rig…yeah i’m from texas….Pa folks are getting jobs, if not directly…ie on drillings, frac trucks, mud companys, ect…then by all the local companys we use who are hiring locals…ie supply stores, fuel truck drivers, water haulers, ect…dont say it aint so…i see it every day…

    …polution?…dont buy into the frac hype…a deep well frac never reaches the surface except for controled flowback…barring an accident that has been stated can happen in any industry…the real pollution of this state, is the thousand of tons of salt that used every winter…and guess what…it aint so good on roads…oh which are made from asphault….

    …as far as gas prices dont effect drilling…do the math…each horizonal well cost about $4 mil to drill…the price of natural gas is at $4 a thousand cubic feet…so its for sure not the drill a hole and now your jed clampett that most think…

    …as far as “posioning the wildlife and waters, and “working in toxic conditions”…come on down to texas…healthy beef, deer and fish, the hunting and fishing is one of our biggest tourisms we have…and guess what, we have long life and healthy kids look at any college and pro team and see how many are texas boys and girls…and yes they are exposed to oil and gas wells…do a google on number of wells we have…every state but here, the farmers want to land farm our drill cutting, its good for the soil and crops…but here yall have been tainted by negative media, that its all polution…

    …i will say…nearly all i have met here in Pa, at the cafes, walmart, gas stations, have all been friendly to me and my work…yall have a great state, and we are NOT here to rape and pillage, despite what some have posted….

  52. Richard says:

    For my part the only question to be answered is: ‘what’s in it for me?’ As long as the environment is stable enough to last my lifetime, future generations can take care of themselves. That’s the way it has always been and the way it always will be. Pay me now, worry about fixing it later. What’s in it for me??

    1. Irish says:

      Richard, I got a chuckle out of your forthright answer. I feel a bit odd asking you, but was that for real or are you being sarcastic?

      1. Richard says:

        A little bit of both I think. Future generations have always had and always will have issues passed on from prior generations but in this case I think the issues are more perceived than proven. As for ‘what’s in it for me?’ that’s the real deal!

  53. Bob Lozano says:

    My poor children, blah, blah, blah! Don’t hide behind your kids people. Call it like it is just like Big Rich…What’s in it for me? From what I see….nothing!

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