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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Important Natural Gas Meeting Set For Tonight

Important Natural Gas Meeting Set For Tonight

January 12th, 2010

fraccingEnergy companies have zeroed-in on Bradford County, located along the New York border, east of Tioga County, for Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling. It’s being held up as an example of what can be expected in Potter, Cameron and Clinton counties as the gas rush spreads in 2010.

Tonight (Tuesday, Jan. 12), Bradford County Commissioner Mark Smith will discuss the impact of the gas industry on his county and preview some of the issues that are likely to arise locally. He’ll be guest speaker for a meeting of the Potter County Natural Gas Task Force, to be held at 7 pm in the Gunzburger Building.

About 300 well-drilling permits were issued for Bradford County in 2009 and two dozen gas wells were drilled and hydrofractured deep underground in the Marcellus Shale. Among the businesses that have started or expanded in the county as a result of the gas rush are equipment suppliers, hardware stores, restaurants, motels, clothiers, laundry services and trucking companies.

Automobile dealers report brisk sales. Some repair shops have landed service contracts for gas company vehicles. Chesapeake Energy opened a field office that employs more than 20 people and one of its subsidiaries is building a dormitory-style residence for 180 workers.

Commissioner Smith will give a retrospective of the gas industry’s growth, a summary of the positive and negative responses he has heard from his constituents and some of the challenges and issues that community leaders in Bradford County are facing.

Also during tonight’s meeting, members of the Task Force’s Water Quality Committee will report on their tour of a gas well and pipeline project near the Potter/Tioga County border. Plans for the March 17-18 Natural Gas Expo in Coudersport (http://www.natural-gas-expo.com) and collaboration with area schools will be among the topics shared by members of the Employment and Training/Industry Technical Issues Committee. Reports will also be presented by the Task Force’s other committees: Public Education; Taxation; Township/Borough Impacts and Planning Issues; and Public Safety/Law Enforcement.

Task Force meetings are open to the public. Those planning to attend are advised to use the Water Street entrance. Additional information on the Task Force and related Marcellus Shale natural gas topics is available on the county’s website, http://pottercountypa.net/

9 comments :

Anonymous said...

strip our natural resources and cut down our timber, ruien our water tables. we have outdated inadequate sewage systems to deal with the wast water... Geesh isn't all that money worth it.

Anonymous said...

Hard to believe it took the first comment to be negative. Bradford County PA has the potential to be one of if not the wealthiest county in Pennsylvania. As I drive through the county, I still see plenty of trees and plenty of people able to drink their water. Many companies have developed and built water treatment facilities to deal with the residual water. It does not have to go through the outdated sewer systems. Just think, with all the money from natural gas taxes and royalties, maybe they can even afford to build a new sewer system and people like you will have to find something else to bitch about.

Anonymous said...

The first post much be one of Potter County's anti wind people. Sure hope he moves.

Anonymous said...

DRILL BABY DRILL ! Bring Potter County out of the dark ages !

Anonymous said...

Taxes? What taxes? The only reason the drillers are here is because Harrisburg gave them a gift--PA is one of the 3 states that doesn't tax drilling the way Texas,Colorado and 19 other states do. Nice gift, at our expense. The other states know all the damage these guys do; you won't be seeing it till they have packed up and left---the dead trees, polluted streams, well casings that fail. That's the gift your children will have to clean up.

Anonymous said...

I'll stay and clean up the mess willingly because yes I love Potter Couty with the best of em because I was BORN AND RAISED HERE (thats probably a lot more than I can say for most of the anti-everythings that love to blog on here) and will be thankful for the job that it will provide. Keep drilling responsibly and thanks for what you companies are providing us here. KM

Anonymous said...

PA stands to make 18 billion from its share of royalties alone!! DRILL!! Those of you who hate everything, move to Vermont...you would fit right in with the socialists there who are anti-everything!

Anonymous said...

10:02 PM blog has expressed my very thoughts,and I'll bet those of many others as well. Business owners want to stay in business, providing goods and services to those who don't want to spend their dollars in NY. Rights' holders who want all the safeguards in place to protect our environment have joined groups that accomoplish that goal, and earn top dollar too! It's a very good thing that's coming our way ... and there will be occasional problems (like with kids!) and we will solve them. Progress is business that's been wisely nurtured. J.L.H.

Mr Realistic said...

There is no "solving" the problem once the water table is contaminated with radioactive drilling wasate. People are going to spend their money in NY anyway becasue the local businesses are too greedy. Sometimes progress isn't worth it. I think some of you people would sell your own left hand to make a buck for your right.