Is Marcellus Gas Drilling Coming to Schuylkill County, PA?

Local economic leaders in Schuylkill County, PA hope that Marcellus gas drilling will come to the county, as it has for neighboring Luzerne and Columbia counties, and with it, jobs. Schuylkill lies along the edge of the Marcellus Shale formation, but some believe the county will eventually see drilling. And perhaps sooner than anyone thought:

Rausch Creek Land LP, Valley View, has submitted paperwork to Schuylkill County’s real estate/engineering department informing officials the company wants to withdraw up to 100,000 gallons of water each day from an abandoned mine pit in Porter Township. Its purpose is “to supply water for drilling and hydrofracturing of proposed Marcellus Shale natural gas wells which are to be drilled and developed on property owned by Rausch Creek Land,” according to documents filed with Schuylkill County and the Susquehanna River Basin Commission.*

So far Rausch Creek Land LP has not spoken to the press about their plans. Stay tuned.

*The Republican-Herald (Feb 8, 2011) – Economic leaders: Schuylkill County work force ready for possible Marcellus Shale jobs