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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Texan Says Gas Boom Will Be BIG In Potter County

jmatthewsTexas is often mocked for its self-proclaimed “bigness,” but the numbers that one Texan revealed to members of the Potter County Natural Gas Task Force Tuesday night were REALLY big.

John W. Matthews (right), a member of the Johnson County Board of Commissioners, shared his county’s experiences as a result of the Barnett shale natural gas rush in drawing parallels with some of the things Potter County can expect once Marcellus shale gas production begins in earnest.

“Seven years ago, there were no gas wells in Johnson County,” Matthews said. “There are some 3,500 now. The impact has been profound.”

Asked if a similar trend could be imminent in Potter County, Douglas Kuntz, president of Pennsylvania General Energy Company (PGE), one of the busiest energy companies operating in the area, didn’t rule it out.

hydro-fractureKuntz hastened to add that the number of well locations would not be nearly that high, but with multiple wellheads installed at many sites, there will likely be hundreds of wells drilled in the county over the next several years.

Matthews echoed some of the themes that task force members heard at their initial meeting in May, particularly when addressing the challenges that the natural gas industry faces in acquiring the necessary water to hydrofracture Marcellus shale formations deep underground, and in disposing of the water and other materials that are by-products of the drilling. He observed that it takes millions of gallons of water to fracture a single well.

Commissioner Matthews, a Warren County (Pa.) native, was quick to emphasize the economic benefits of the gas industry and he forecasted a financial boon for the county.

However, he advised township and county officials to exercise any authority or influence they have to protect water resources and infrastructure.

He also suggested they work together as a coalition to push for tax benefits and to hold state agencies accountable for conscientious environmental oversight and other regulatory functions. Potter County Today

23 comments :

Anonymous said...

They are currently pumping a million gallons out of the Allegany River at the Reed Run bridge. How can this be legal?

Anonymous said...

I would urge all of our local officials to take down some of the roadblocks holding these companies back.

I would also urge all of our local businesses to make these people feel welcome in Potter County.

This is the biggest boom to come to the Northern Tier in a long time.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, who really cares about the environment when we can make a quick buck anyway? Ridiculous statement above.

Anonymous said...

No it is NOT a ridiculous statement. This is the ONLY boom that will ever come to this area, period! We must take advantage of this...it could benefit all citizens of the county. We also must protect our environment. We cannot shun technology advancement just because of the environment. Let's face it, this county needs all the money it can get. You must be wealthy, you are unconcerned about $$. It can be done, while still protecting our environment. Think positive for once!

Anonymous said...

"They are currently pumping a million gallons out of the Allegany River at the Reed Run bridge. How can this be legal?"

Didn't we go over this last fall? They are only allowed to take a small percentage of he total flow of the river. Ya ever wondered why there are so many DCNR (Department of Conservation/ Natural Resources) trucks in the area? Believe me, they are being monitored.

Anonymous said...

"Yeah, who really cares about the environment when we can make a quick buck anyway? Ridiculous statement above."

I would invite you to actually go and see a drill site for yourself. You would be dumbfounded at all the safeguards in place. These drilling companies are professionals and with DCNR breathing down their backs... Have some faith, we can get the gas and preserve the environment.

Anonymous said...

I've worked on drilling rigs before. The boss just pads the DCNR employee's pocket and the back gets turned. I've gone down to Reed Run every day, the pump is running and the trucks are getting filled and "NOBODY" is watching. They have no idea how much water is coming out of that river. I'm also not rich and I don't care about money more than I care about the future of fishing in that river. I have kids that won't benefit from gas but they will benefit from that river, unless of course it's a polluted mess like everywhere else these gas drilling "pro's" have been.

Anonymous said...

What do the "DCNR" vehicles look like? Do the have DCNR identification on them ?....As far as I know, DEP (Dept. of Environmental Protection) ishould be overseeing this stuff....Two totally diffeent divisions...

Anonymous said...

Lets see---
Do you think the water that FLOWS down Reed Run stays there?Think of it as taking a glass of water out of an open fire hydrant.

Anonymous said...

I agree gas drilling ought to go forward and done in a fashion to protect the environment.

Vicki said...

June 11, 2009 10:05:00 AM
June 11, 2009 12:22:00 PM
June 11, 2009 12:50:00 PM
June 11, 2009 12:56:00 PM
June 11, 2009 4:30:00 PM

All of you have great posts!

The entire county will benefit and it can be done safely!

Anonymous said...

DRILL BABY DRILL !!!!

Anonymous said...

Folks, I'm an opponent of industrial wind turbines, but for a lot of reasons I would like Potter County to be a welcoming place for natural gas drilling. It will be very good for the community and we'll receive a lot of benefits. I'm not a leaser, but the benefits are tremendous. The state doing anything to discourage this activity would be very bad for us.

Anonymous said...

"I've worked on drilling rigs before. The boss just pads the DCNR employee's pocket and the back gets turned."

I don't know what drilling company you worked for but I would bet it's NONE of the companies currently working in Potter County. I'll guarantee it's not the big one.

"the pump is running and the trucks are getting filled and "NOBODY" is watching. They have no idea how much water is coming out of that river."

Really? DCNR knows the volume that the frack pit holds. If one has a frack pit that holds one million gallons and you are allowed to pump 100,000 gallons per day, you had better be pumping water for ten days- random inspection of the pits will come very close to estimating the gallons hauled per day.

"I have kids that won't benefit from gas"

Really? Sounds like you don't have very high expectations for your children. I guess you never expect that they will be owning any land with mineral rights?

Anonymous said...

Actually I expect them to respect the environment and not ruin mother earth for profit.

Brother Nature said...

I believe that clean water is MUCH more important to our futures than any amount of natural gas. You people state that they are being safe, but there have alreaady been incidents where the water table, springs, and wells have been contaminated. Wait until it happens to your water and then ask yourself if it was worth it,,,,

Anonymous said...

If they want to drill and need water then we should be able to tax them per gallon of water. We own the resources here being at the top of the water table. Also I really don't appreciate waiting in traffic because these water trucks have the road down to a single lane. What knucklehead approved that?
I know I'll never see any benefit to all this drilling as it stands now but if we can't STOP IT we should be able to come up with a means to make a PROFIT! Tax them until their eyes bleed!!!! Why should we give anything away?

Anonymous said...

"Tax them until their eyes bleed!!!!"

President Obama, is that you?

Anonymous said...

This area can benefit a lot from natural gas drilling. Leasers will make $s, area businesses will benefit, most importantly gas companies hire people meaning more jobs in the area. "Tax them until their eyes bleed" is a seriously misguided idea and would hurt this area a lot.

Anonymous said...

anonymous 2:03pm... So you don't agree with the taxing the natural resources that they comsume like our water? Do you know who gives them the permission to just go and help themselves? I am sure there is some type of permitting process but in my opinion we should be charging them a premium for it. I'll bet that if you left it up to all of us to make the decision we would all have our hands stuck out. And we should. If you agree of course that this would be good for the area then it should be good for all of us not just the land owners with rights. Agreed? You at least to understand that the greedy "pigs" (leases and the gas companies) will benefit long term... I don't think the rest of us will. How many jobs do you think will exist after the work is done? A few folks on 4 wheelers to check the wells that's about it. I can see local eateries and lodging turning a buck but again very short term. Nothing sustainable.
Again this is another case of the big guys eating at our modest country table.... They weren't invited and they left us with nothing but crumbs and a pile of dirty dishes… Who let them in the door???

Anonymous said...

"If you agree of course that this would be good for the area then it should be good for all of us not just the land owners with rights. Agreed? You at least to understand that the greedy "pigs" (leases and the gas companies) will benefit long term..."

Why should you benefit from someone else investing in land with mineral rights?

Greedy pigs?

Do you help them pay their taxes?

Did not think so!

So I guess there is no "WE" now is there?

Brother Nature said...

"Why should you benefit from someone else investing in land with mineral rights?"

And on the other hand...why should we suffer from the possibility of them contaminating our drinking water just because you greedy landowners want to make a fast buck??? You can pump all of the gas that you want, but the price probably won't go down much and there probably won't be any long term jobs. I hope you people are all nice and warm in your natural gas heated homes while you choke on the contaminated water.....

Anonymous said...

June 12, 2009 9:46:00 PM
Probably...Probably...Probably