Natural gas production in Pennsylvania
As we enter the new year with great uncertainty economically and begin to see liquid fuel prices creeping upward, with in two years it will be up to $140.00 a Barrel again as we hold our breath waiting for the liquid fuel prices to soar to record heights once again. Let us not be fools , History shows fuel prices will undoubtedly rise again, it is a matter of when not if. Why should the citizens of Pennsylvania support the procrastination of natural gas production for another few years or even a decade, depriving it’s citizens of the profits associated with production of natural gas? Not to mention the strategic survival and homeland security reasoning .
We need legislative incentives, such as revenue perks and funds for townships, county schools and state government ,Elected officials must encourage natural gas exploration here in our region of PA. Every local business, charity, social program, emergency service and resident will benefit from the profits and revenue associated with natural gas production. Our local economy will get quite a boost, as well as increased employment opportunities generated by the man power needed to build and maintain the infrastructure necessary to support natural gas production and pipeline .
We will hear many complaints from opponents of this initiative. Everyone from save the bay to community members who will complain over mud puddles or run off from production. I have no doubt that we can do this clean and safely within the guidelines of the Department Natural Resources who will monitor any sediment run off.
Citizens who have no gas on their land may reject and fight their neighbors possible good fortune ,without realizing that profits will benefit ALL citizens. Let me be clear, through taxation all government social programs will benefit. Taxes paid from profits on natural gas will strengthen the general fund. For every dollar paid in taxes from gas profits, a dollar less will be paid by those who have no gas. It is a win , win situation, everyone can benefit from the acquired wealth and revenue of their neighbors. In Alaska all residents directly or indirectly shared in the profits generated from the oil pipeline, as will the citizens in this commonwealth all will reap the benefits of natural gas production.
As a united community, we must stand together and insist that state legislators bring this issue to to top of their list by sending a clear message to our state senators and representatives in Harrisburg, "support these initiatives or be voted out of office." I advocate we make this an election issue as was and still is property tax reform. It is my hope that the voices of the citizens in this commonwealth will speak up strong , loud and cear in support of the inevitable
We can not wait until emergency conditions overwhelm us ,We had better get started with natural gas production in Pennsylvania ,I would say all states ,however this is my homestead .My home and that of my children must be the focus of my efforts, the future will be here and the reality of our our energy needs is going to escalate to emergency conditions that will exceed the understanding of most citizens. The time is now not after we have suffered the consequences of neglecting , ignoring this reality or pretending tomorrow will not come.