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They were sitting on a gold mine and didn't know it

February 12, 2013

A lot of rural landowners in Pennsylvania were sitting on a gold mine. They just didn’t know it....

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Feb-13-13 3:21 AM

Aside from the over building of hotels that will be eyesores in 20 years and filthy roadways full of debris. If someone wants to renovate an existing vacant building and build high end units I do not see an issue with that at all. Displacing people for greed is not ok. Thankfully some major players locally have chosen not to displace locals and still offer affordable housing. This has allowed some younger non-gas people to stay in an area devoid of professional opportunities. Those property owners deserve credit for not doubling rent amd displacing hundreds of people tied to the community.

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Feb-12-13 2:07 PM

This newspaper should change their name from the Williamsport Sun-Gazzette to the Marcellus Shill-Gazzette.

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Feb-12-13 1:57 PM

There are many costs of this industry that are not factored into the actual cost of the natural gas. But as long as the sheep listen to those getting rich, this will never change. There is no energy independence, there are no large quantities of good jobs and there is little economic benefit being seen by this area. All we get are a few folks who have gained monetarily, and that will allow them to farm their farms into the ground for another 30 years before this money is gone, and by that time the state will be a pathetic wasteland and the industry will move on to another host area, just like the parasite that it is. We have our politicians to thank for this. They and the greedy corporations that are willing to take advantage of us idiots.

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Feb-12-13 12:29 PM

I just saw a billboard on 220 Southbound yesterday advertising 1 bedroom apartments for $1100. Greatly increased housing costs are another casualty of the gas industry.

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Feb-12-13 11:13 AM

"In fact, critics of the industry say the gas drilling impact is grossly overstated. Don't tell that to those getting the royalty payments." What about the vast majority of PA residents who do not get royalty payments, but who must still deal with the impact drilling has on their lives? For example, we had our well tested so we would have a baseline in case our water was affected by local drilling. For us, the drilling has been a cost, not a benefit. And what if we find that our land is less valuable to potential buyers looking for a scenic rural location? These are just two examples. I am sure others have more.

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