Bradford County, PA: “The Recession Passed Right Over Us”

A balanced article looking at arguments both for and against shale gas drilling posted on the 13-WHAM TV website begins this way:

In Towanda, PA the great rush of the Susquehanna has met its match.

At all hours, heavy trucks and trailers chug across Veterans Memorial Bridge.

Follow the traffic up Main Street and try to pick out an empty storefront.

It’s near impossible.

“Now Hiring” signs decorate several windows.

Towns like Towanda have made Bradford County, monetarily, one of the fastest growing counties in the country.

“The recession that hit the rest of the country passed right over us,” said Bradford County Commissioner Doug McLinko.

It’s a boom fueled by natural gas.*

The economic boom caused by shale gas drilling is an often underreported aspect of the issue.

The rest of the article, worth a read (click the link below) features dueling professors—Tony Ingraffea from Cornell University (anti) and Don Siegel from Syracuse University (pro).

*13-WHAM ABC (Feb 13, 2012) – Hydrofracking: Under The Surface