In similar communities throughout the United States, shale gas and oil are creating jobs and growing communities. These natural resources are changing our international balance of payments, shoring up the dollar. The downstream benefits in capital outlay for construction, manufacturing and services are just beginning to surface.
Even foreign companies are moving to the U.S. for cheap energy. This means jobs and more jobs. In the meantime, CO2 emissions are shrinking to 1994 levels. However, New York languishes, with talk instead of movement. Our Foothills friends foresee a renewable energy future … perhaps like Germany’s shift to renewables with its 47 percent increase in electricity costs to consumers last year and a 1.8 percent gain (yes, gain) in carbon emissions. Renewables? Perhaps some day, but not today.
For the future, a suggestion for The Daily Star. Take time to do some original research. This February marks two years that Pennsylvania has been drilling under regulations that New York has been drilling under for over 25 years. What’s the Pennsylvania data show? How many gas wells drilled in that period? How many confirmed water well disturbances? Can these issues be mitigated? Get the facts directly from the DEP.
Unbiased reports on these and other questions would serve our community well by tamping down the hyperbole, and perhaps starting the conversation that needs to be had.
Dick Downey is an Otego resident and a member of the Unatego Area Landowners Association.