Those in Pennsylvania who oppose drilling in the Marcellus Shale have gotten a bit desperate. They’re unhappy with new Gov. Tom Corbett, especially since the budget he introduced earlier this week contains budget cuts to education and calls for a layoff of state workers in order to plug a massive multi-billion dollar shortfall, without also including a severance tax on Marcellus Shale drilling in the state. Pennsylvania, like New York, California, Wisconsin, Ohio and a number of other states is essentially bankrupt from years of overspending and one-time gimmicks and budget patches. The chickens have finally come home to roost and now state governments have to make some hard decisions. It is in that context that anti-drilling protestors got nasty and thug-like yesterday:
Anti-drilling forces are becoming vocal in Ohio, but the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, which oversees drilling in the state, says they’re prepared to ensure Marcellus drilling is done safely.
Seneca Resources has sold off its Gulf of Mexico oil and gas properties in order to concentrate more on the Marcellus Shale. From a press announcement yesterday:
Seneca Resources Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of National Fuel Gas Company, announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell its offshore Gulf of Mexico oil and natural gas producing properties for $70 million.
Another example of how drilling in the Marcellus Shale brings more money into communities, in the form of taxes and jobs, this time in Washington County, PA.