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 Rogan Law.
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.