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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Natural Gas And Oil Drilling Creates Thousands Of New Jobs

Texas trip gives county task force drilling insights

By MIKE REUTHER mreuther@sungazette.com

Drilling for natural gas can mean more jobs, economic growth and extra money jingling in the pockets of property owners.

It also can mean population growth and its attendant burdens on services, schools and the environment.

Lycoming County officials, looking to prepare for drilling and what it will mean to the area, recently returned from Fort Worth, Texas, where they studied what gas exploration has meant for that city.

Brent M. Fish of GMC Fish Real Estate, who was among an 11-member task force making the trip, was perhaps most amazed by the nearly 100,000 jobs created in the Fort Worth area from drilling.

"I think that we learned of the economic impact that has had for that area, mainly the amount of jobs there - 88,000 to date," he said. "It could potentially do that for our area, from an economic standpoint." More...

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