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Where’s the gas money?

October 6, 2011

National Public Radio last week reported that Reading, PA has the highest poverty rate for any city its size in the country. Pennsylvania, it seems, is no longer a Commonwealth. We no longer share our wealth in common.

In order to enrich out-of-state billionaires with probably a trillion dollars’ worth of natural gas being drilled from under our ground, we have sacrificed aid to education, funding for museums and libraries, grants for writing and research, arts and culture, roads, bridges, counties and municipalities, after-school programs, etc. Places like Reading get not a penny from the gas that we, and the residents of Reading, actually own.

We are no longer a state. We are now merely part of gas infrastructure. Nothing else we do or are, were or might be is as important. We are being raped, but we might have expected it, and actually seem to be enjoying it.

Anthony Splendora
Milford, PA

and where's the gas jobs?

If anyone doubts the stranglehold that the gas and oil industry has when it moves its money and forces into a state to occupy it, rape it, then leave it poor, sick and dying, just look to Louisiana.

Is it not one of the poorest states in the Union? Has it not been environmentally damaged beyond repair, by the gas and oil industries? Did the Gulf of Mexico not recently follow in its footsteps?

Apparently, Louisiana's jobs are 13% gas and oil industry. That shows you how a small minority of oily polluters can demolish, and demoralize, an entire state.

How did they let an entire state become a "Love Canal"? Take a look at our potential future, oh "Mighty Marcellus".