Once again Lycoming County will receive $12.2 million with the largest share going to Williamsport and lesser amounts going to municipal and townships governments.
I suggest toning down the over-inflated headlines that appear every year in the Sun-Gazette newspaper, such as in the Sunday edition, dated June 22, 2014, which appeared as such: "Destination 2014 Town Center," "Bonanza from Gas Drilling," "Downtown projects shaping up," "Momentum building for YMCA block," Trade and Transit II," and "Streetscape." "Neighboring Counties will get millions in drilling fees." The bottom line is that Piatt Township where I live, with all the conjectured car and excessive gas companies truck traffic with it's never ending perplexing and bothersome congested will receive $49,000 as their share.
What do we have to gain from this $49,000? More traffic and more annoying road noise, a 3 mile round trip to Jersey Shore and back home now yields 60 trucks, mostly gas drilling related. Our taxes have gone up as usual, our highways deteriorate more every year and all we heard from the entities that reap the majority of the millions paid by the gas companies is, that every resident of our state is benefiting from the Marcellus Shale.
Talk is cheap and the proof is in the pudding, and we don't all live in Williamsport.
Weldon C. Cohick Jr.