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Gas held hostage

February 10, 2013

This is in response to the showing of the documentary, “Truthland,” by Shelly Depue at the Community Arts Center concerning the Marcellus Shal....

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Feb-10-13 7:50 AM

Politicians and community leaders have been supportive of the natural gas industry in drilling wells because it can create jobs and economic growth. Because of the increased availability of natural gas supplies and the steady market, natural gas prices have dropped which in turn reduces drilling activity, jobs, and growth.

The politicians pushed through Act 13 legislation so natural gas has been taxed and the public has been able to benefit from the revenues that fund various priorities. This money should be spent wisely and in some cases probably be put into a "rainy day" account that is managed very tightly. Tax revenues are a finite resource so spending should be stretched out instead of always being spent it in the same year. Or money should be spent on projects that should benefit the public for the years to come.


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Feb-10-13 7:50 AM


The last thing the politicians should push for is installing a more robust natural gas pipeline distribution system throughout the more populated areas in Lycoming Co. With the big difference between fuel oil and natural gas prices, this could really help benefit the citizens. Because the pipeline systems and metering can get expensive up front, some of the Act 13 taxes could be used to pay for a large portion of it. This way, many more could benefit. This would lead to increase demand that could also add to more drilling, economic growth, and jobs.

Everyone wins!!

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Feb-10-13 8:20 AM

If Mr. Cohick is using 150-225 gallons of oil per month, I'd suggest getting a new furnace, getting the current furnace checked, or shutting off some rooms and not heating them. I have a very small house, granted, but I use about 500, maybe 550 gallons in an entire heating season, tops.

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Feb-11-13 1:30 PM

"How many years will pass before the general public will have the privilege of having natural gas available in their homes at an affordable price?"

Perhaps when Mr. Cohick penned his letter he was not aware that natural gas prices are the lowest they've been since around 2001. In fact, they're nearly half what they were in 2007 and 65 percent what they were in 2005. Can't say that about fuel oil or gasoline, that's for sure.

These factless letters to the editor from the same writers grow tiresome.

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