Pennsylvania needs to invest more resources into developing the hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," industry in the Marcellus Shale. Most people know that fracking has played a big role in stabilizing Pennsylvania's economy during the recent recession.
Extracting gas can help improve state parks and forests
Delaney Leigh, a Kalispell native, is an oil engineer and a graduate of Montana Tech University. She has worked for an oil services company for the past decade and has lived/worked in Siberia, Calgary and Denver. She has posted an article on the truth about fracking.
Recently, Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal issued a sober warning to his government that, "rising North American shale gas production is an inevitable threat" to the economy of Saudi Arabia.
It's time to understand the truth about fracking and natural-gas exploration in Pennsylvania.
A new poll from Harris Interactive shows that there is broad, bipartisan consensus to build the Keystone XL Pipeline. According to the poll, 70 percent of voters support the pipeline. This includes 83 percent of Republican voters, followed closely by 69 percent of Independents and 63 percent of Democrats.
The oil and gas industry should be applauded for developing the technology that makes it possible to extract natural gas that is trapped in the Marcellus Shale. However, as with most industrial procedures, there are unwelcomed outcomes that should be of concern. Marcellus Shale is a gas-rich formation that extends under five states in the Northeast. Most of the current production is in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
In November 2011, I stood on the House floor and explained how the Marcellus Shale impact fee and associated gas drilling regulations struck the proper balance between environmental safety and private property rights without hindering the economic growth all lawmakers wish for Pennsylvania.
Growing up as a farmer's daughter, I know first-hand the countless hours of hard work needed to keep a family farm going. My parents both worked outside the farm to help the farm stay alive financially. They were often referred to as the night farmers, as this was their only chance to get to the fields after working their full-time jobs. The natural gas wells are not about financial gain or greed, but about the farms being able to pay for themselves. It's a chance for farmers to update worn-out equipment, repair and replace old buildings and do the needed maintenance to keep the farm going for future generations.
In "Promised Land," the new movie set in rural Pennsylvania where a big company is looking to drill for natural gas, the main character played by Matt Damon acknowledges to a crowd gathered in a school gym that there are real environmental risks associated with Marcellus Shale drilling. Those risks and whether taking them is worth the financial or, yes, even the environmental rewards that gas development could bring form the backdrop of the movie.