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Chuck Pinkey

August 27, 2013

Sustainability crowd doesn't get economics


Everyone has a right to his or her opinion and if they can have it published, God bless them, but I find it hilarious that people with so little business savvy are so often lent such credence when it comes to economic matters. Be thankful these same people aren’t called upon to consult with your surgeon during your next operation.

Look folks, if I’ve told this story before, I’m sorry, but it’s worth telling again. An equipment dealer from Meshoppin, Pa., came into my office and laid six checks on my desk. They totaled $82,000. “What are these for?” I asked “Those are my royalty checks,” he answered.

“I didn’t think they were drilling on you,” I said. He stated, “They’re not. They’re drilling underneath me.” I asked, “How much land do you have?” “280 acres,” he answered. “Is that $82,000 per year?” I questioned. “Hell no! That’s per month. My neighbor has 19 acres and she gets $14,000 per month,” he exclaimed. Folks, we’re missing the boat and for absolutely no good reason!

If you want to know the truth about gas exploration and fracking, drive down to Pennsylvania and talk to farmers, home owners, and business people. Just look around at the new roads and new homes. See the hustle and bustle. Visit the well heads. Go anywhere you want. Go especially to Dimock. 

I’ve been pro-gas and pro-fracking for years. We’ve got nothing to hide. I’m encouraging you to go and see for yourself. No guided tour! See for yourself! Think. Is the other side telling you that?

On Tuesday, Sept. 17 at River Valley New Holland, 3910 State Highway 7, Otego, at 6 p.m., we will be showing the documentary “Fracknation.” It will open your eyes to the chicanery in the anti-gas movement. All are welcome, and refreshments will be served. Questions: 607-432-8180 or 607-435-3358. 

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