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Chuck Pinkey

September 10, 2013

If fracking can't save us, what will?

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This is the situation in Delaware and Otsego counties, and surprise, we’ve yet to drill and frack one well. Sadly, those in charge, and those with a following, know not what to do. But a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, and what do they say about empty barrels? 

These “experts” advise nonsensical remedies like boutique farms, honey and syrup production. They call for grape-growing, sausage-making, and local cheeses. Look folks, these things are fine, and a family can make a few bucks, but you’ll never support a vibrant economy with these cottage industries.

People need jobs, and if an area has natural resources, they must be used. Here in New York, we have both Marcellus and Utica shale, and Utica is estimated to be 300 to 400 feet thick. There is tremendous potential, and not just for us “greedy landowners.”

Ponder this: Which option is going to sell more cars, pickup trucks and motorhomes? Could you tell me which will create better-paying jobs and lower the unemployment rate? Which is going to build more homes or remodel more existing homes?

Which industry will keep our young in the area and lower the poverty rate? Which has the potential to truly lower school and property taxes? Which is the only thing that may save our dairy farmers?

Answer: A) Boutique farms, wineries, tattoo parlors, candle and incense shops. B) Gas exploration.

Ponder this, too: If what the anti-gas folks say is true (you know, the poisoned water, animals dying and widespread environmental devastation), it would be on ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN every night. There would be interviews with grieving widows, suffering farmers, owners of contaminated wells, and mayors of bankrupt villages, but you know what? There are no such reports! Doesn’t that speak volumes? 

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