We've said several times in this space that this area should benefit the most for being the host to some of the world's greatest natural gas production.
Given the infrastructure pressures that go with the process not to mention the heightened vigilance toward our environment that must accompany natural gas drilling, it's only fair that the region glean some benefits beyond those elsewhere.
So we're heartened by legislation being promoted by state Sen. E. Eugene Yaw, a Loyalsock Township Republican who represents most of our region. The legislation is geared toward getting the region's abundant supplies of natural gas into more schools, hospitals, small businesses and houses.
The bills, which have the sponsor backing of Sen. Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, a Chester County Republican, would create systems for extension of natural gas service by expansion of natural gas distribution systems. Given that natural gas is about one-fourth the cost of gasoline, the implications for consumers are obvious.
Yaw hopes the bill will help expand natural gas service into residential neighborhoods.
Senate Bill 738 sets up rules for utilities that distribute natural gas and Senate Bill 739 amends the Alternative Energy Investment Act to provide $15 million for grants to schools, hospitals and small businesses to obtain access to natural gas service.
The bills represent the next step in the expansion of natural gas service in our region the practical application of all that water hauling, exploration, drilling and processing of natural gas that's been going on the past decade.