Another interesting piece about
Marcellus Shale drilling appeared in today's Times-Tribune. The paper ran a "middle
path" editorial which observed that drilling will have both costs
and benefits, and that while some people in our region will come out winners,
others will not, as their property values will be negatively affected.
Mostly, the editorial focused on a bill in Harrisburg that would charge
the industry a severance tax. Opponents of the tax say it will stifle
development, but evidence suggests otherwise - drillers in other regions
generally consider such taxes part of their business costs. Why should
Pennsylvania taxpayers be left with the burden of remediating infrastructure
and attending to the social costs of drilling if those who will profit
most from development can be held accountable?
Every person in this region should be thinking about the impacts of Marcellus
Shale drilling. If you follow the debate and realize that you need help
from a Marcellus Shale lawyer to ensure that you do not end up on the
losing end of development, then contact a Marcellus Shale attorney at
Sometimes, it can be difficult to make your voice heard above the din of
moneymakers and politicians, but since drilling is likely to be around
for the next hundred years, it is essential that you take a strong stand
now, while the rules are still being made. Don't leave your future
up to chance.
Contact a Marcellus Shale lawyer at Rogan Law today.