The Marcellus Shale, which lies one mile under our feet, and a large percentage of residents across our state have within the sites of their homes, has left barren and unsightly 200-foot-wide swaths of deforestation and destruction caused by gas companies laying gas and water lines.
Only foreign countries and neighboring states are being afforded the opportunity to capitalize on the savings between this natural gas and the price of crude oil. Typical of the American way, we allow thousands of miles of continental gas lines to be laid to Ports of Debarkcation for the purpose of catering to the world, instead of cleaning up your own backyard. R-Tom Marino voted in favor of the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act, and R-Glenn Thompson was not present to vote.
This is not what we elected our leaders for, so they can place the almighty dollar, as well as the well-being of our foreign countries over the very constituents who elected them to represent us. Well folks, I smelled this verdict coming since the first gas drilling company set foot in Pennsylvania 5 years ago. For those who heat their homes with liquid gold, known as heating oil, we better start stashing for another thrashing. A cold October will be upon us in four short months.
Weldon C. Cohick Jr.