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Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Cumberland County 5A
Re: Here you go gasland fans...
I can (and have) only comment on what I see and know, firsthand about what gas explorations has done in the area where my camp is in 3A.
Some farmers have gotten windfalls in lease monies, royalties to follow if/when they get around to actually distributing the gas. Much still needs to be in the pipeline phases of the exploration.
Miniumum disturbances and adverse impacts to date, although there have been problems elsewhere in PA. Those companies operating in "my" area, have been very receptive to local inputs, both from residents and our twp. officials.
Noticeable employment of locals, whether they be contractors, welders, equipment owners or dump truck owners. Several local lads have been off working in the gas industry in the past three years, that I know of. One was back on the farm for a few months, is gone again to the gas industry.
Things have pretty much quieted down drilling-wise at the moment where camp is, but they'll be back again.
One relative that expanded his excavation business from four employees to around a dozen or more, when the drilling started, is now doing most of his work for the local pipeline company (Dominion), rather than with the drillers.
That pipeline company has been around them parts since I was a little feller. Through several different names over the years, but it's been there since the original gas exploration going back to the 30s, 40s and 50s. They're expanding their existing pipeline networks to accomodate the new drilling.
As for Texas accents at restuarants, if local people wanted those jobs when they became available, they'd have taken them? That's something that's always intrigued me about folks from out of the area taking jobs, that locals could've had? And it isn't a recent phenomena, either.
30-some years ago a couple relocated to Westfield, from an area not far from NYC. They took jobs as custodians at the local high school and retired a few years ago. They applied for the jobs, has some experience and were hired.
My understanding is that few locals applied and those that did, didn't get past the interview process.
Some folks' learnin' curves just look like circles...3A Camp/also hunt 4B