Pick up a local newspaper from any town in Pennsylvania where natural gas drilling is taking place, and you will see advertisements for jobs galore from gas drilling companies and businesses. The Pennsylvania economy is booming, people are working and making money, and when people have money they will spend it.
Sales tax revenues are pouring into county and state departments. I admire the strategy Governor Tom Corbett has proposed of vetoing any legislation that would impose a tax increase on gas drilling companies. This will encourage them to set up their drilling rigs, get their crews in place and let them start drilling and producing gas. Then after a few years a small amount of tax can be put on them, when it would cost them more to pull out than pay the tax.
This strategy is working. Gas companies from all over the country are coming to Pennsylvania because of Corbett’s policies. He is proving to everyone that natural gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing can be done, and is being done, safely and responsibly. This governor is a brilliant man, and it would not surprise me in the future if his name were on the ballot for President of the United States.
In New York State, Governor Cuomo is telling us the state is broke and in big trouble. Sullivan County is on a shoestring financially. To top it off, some townships are still talking about restricting and discouraging gas companies from coming here by making zoning laws difficult for them. Newspaper headlines say more people are leaving New York and Sullivan County than are coming here because of high taxes and lack of jobs.
On behalf of all people living here including landowners, hunting and fishing clubs, farmers, businesses and all people seeking jobs, we must encourage gas drilling companies to come here. Bill Eschenberg, the road superintendent of the Town of Delaware, said gas drilling is an opportunity for townships to get new roads which otherwise they could not afford. What are we waiting for? Drill, baby drill.
Swan Lake, NY