Williamsport Sun-Gazette (Feb 18)
New ventures in natural gas may take Tioga County from ‘rags to riches’
An influx of people and jobs will lead to a boon in economic growth for Tioga County, Pennsylvania, according to an article in the Williamsport Sun-Gazette. Local resident Ed Trask is setting up a Community Education Team to “help manage the economic and social impacts of Marcellus Shale gas play in Tioga County.”
Trask was quoted as saying:
“I think the fastest growing areas of the county are going to be Mansfield, Wellsboro and Lawrenceville,” he said, adding that he thinks the valley between Mansfield and Covington will “fill in” in the next few years, mainly because of the discovery of gas within the Marcellus Shale.
In the same article, Jack Showers, community relations liaison with drilling company East Resources Inc., said:
[T]here already are 255,000 acres leased for natural gas wells, with up to between 6,000 and 7,000 wells drilled by East in the next several years.
Trask added that before the drilling activity Tioga County was “slowly dying.” But now? Trask says: “I think we are going to become ‘enriched rural.’”
One thing’s for sure: Drilling in Tioga County, PA is about to pick up rapidly.