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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Potter County Doing It Right--Natural Gas Planning

Economic Benefits Forecasted For Potter County

January 13th, 2010

gastaskforcesmith1“You are definitely going to see some big economic benefits here in Potter County,” was Bradford County Commissioner Mark Smith’s assessment of the Marcellus Shale natural gas industry’s impending growth in the region. Smith was guest speaker at Tuesday’s monthly Potter County Natural Gas Task Force, invited to share his observations from a county that has seen rapid growth in gas drilling.

More than 100 people attended the program, including two dozen who serve on the Task Force’s study committees focused on water quality, economic development, local government issues, taxation, public safety and public education.

Industry spokesmen believe that Potter County will soon experience many of the same impacts of increased gas drilling that have been seen in Bradford County for the last two years. About 1,400 drilling permits were issued in Bradford County during 2008-09, Smith said. The number of Marcellus Shale natural gas wells brought into production is considerably lower than that figure, but is expected to grow, he added.

Private landowners, especially farmers, are profiting from gas leases, with payments significantly higher than they were two years ago. Bradford County itself has seen a big jump in revenue from deed-recording fees. Employment and business opportunities have expanded, although the county still has a higher jobless rate than the state average. Energy companies have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to charities, and are supporting an oil and gas job-training program.

Smith said there have been some negative consequences, as well. Local governments have seen their expenses increase, yet they derive no tax benefit from gas production. There is a heightened need for law enforcement, along with greater demands on social services and the county jail. Bradford County also has a housing shortage and higher rental and real estate prices.

While acknowledging that neighboring Susquehanna County has experienced water pollution problems as a result of gas drilling, Smith said the issue has not arisen in Bradford County.

He gave Potter County high marks for the structure and focus of its Natural Gas Task Force. “You’re definitely getting out ahead of this and doing it right. The best thing you can do is educate the public and encourage communication between all of the people who could be affected.” Potter County Today


Anonymous said...

Yea well you can not ever convince me that this procedure willnot harm our ecolgy or water supply. as far as thier protecting the water supply, thier idea of doing so is BS. They use Cement to seal the pipes and the ground around them down to a certain depth. Ok this all sounds good on paper and inpictures, but if you know anything about cement, you know it is NOT strong. It has nothing to strengthen it. I went to a meeting in Oct put on by East thier geolgist told us about the way they protect against seapige into the water supply. and he very clearly said it is Cement NOT concrete. Cement after a year or so will crack. If you do't believe me just mix up a batch of Cement out of the bag No sand, no gravel just water and cement. It will not hold together and it will crack after one season. Where is the protection in that?

Anonymous said...

Townships...Bond Your Roads!!!

Anonymous said...

If you don't own your rights you have a split estate. Good DVD & Trailer. Hope we dont end like them

Anonymous said...

Having personal experience from being a righand up until this pas March, I fear that the streams and water supplies are going to be compromised. I've seen the way the company that I worked for had almost no regard for the amount of drilling mud that was spilled and allowed to run all over the location. I also know that they more than once didn't even wait for the cement to dry before they began drilling through it to continue on to total depth. Then you have the fact that a lot of these companies are bringing in people from Texas, Oklahoma, etc, and you can bet that this will also cause issues. Yes it can be great for the local economy, but you can bet that when inexperienced people try to get jobs with these companies, 90% of the time they will be turned away for lack of experience. That isn't necessarily a bad thing though, because the job is inherently dangerous and you have to have your head on a swivel out there. There will be positives to this, but I think the negatives will outweigh them.

Anonymous said...

well on comment on cementing the casing in the well. You are wrong as i work for a service company and its not just water and Class "A" cement. Sure water and plin cement will crumble after time. There are different additives you can add to cement to make it harder then granite. And as far as these drilling company they are cementing back to surface to reduce or eliminate the damage to the water table.

Anonymous said...

sounds like negative comments coming again. that is a no, no on this site you know. sour grapes is what it is called by "some".