Much of the debate over fracking for natural gas has centered around the potential to pollute drinking water. What's not explicit in much of the discussion is that - in Pennsylvania - the only thing that has polluted people's well water as a result of drilling is natural gas...
Written by G. Jeffrey Aaron in Stargazette.com 3/21/14
Southern Tier Economic Growth, Chemung County’s lead economic development agency, has joined forces with a Binghamton-based coalition that is pushing for responsible natural gas drilling in New York State.
The new coalition, Southern Tier Residents for Economic Independence, represents union workers, local businesses, farmers and landowners. According to the coalition’s mission statement, the group favors “carefully regulated, responsible development of natural gas .”
“It’s a very positive development that business, labor and community interests are all coming together,” he said in a statement. “We’re on the front lines in trying to the regional economy and it makes sense that we coordinate our efforts.”
Miner also said the gas operations just across the border in Pennsylvania have provided work for Chemung County individuals and companies, and increased business at area stores, restaurants and hotels.
“But overall, job growth...