Is the Marcellus Already Going Bust in Lycoming County, PA?

Has the Marcellus Shale drilling industry already going bust? If you read the headlines of say, oh, the Philadelphia Inquirer, that may be the conclusion you reach. But if you read beyond the headlines you’ll find a different story.

The number of drilling rigs in the Marcellus is down a bit from what it was a year or two ago, that’s for sure. With less drilling comes less of a lot of other things needed for drilling (hotel visits, construction, security, catering, etc.). However, it may be more accurate to view the Marcellus drilling industry as more like taking a breather. Regrouping. Assessing. One thing is for sure, although some parts of the Marcellus drilling industry may have dipped (not gone bust, but slowed a bit), other parts of it are just picking up steam. A better metaphor is “ebb and flow”…

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