Dear New York Taxpayer,
This past week I was given a unique opportunity to do something few of us have had the chance to do. I was invited to go on a tour of a natural gas Rig in Towanda, Pennsylvania. This wasn’t just any rig tour; it was one of Chesapeake Energy’s Fracking rigs.
I can tell you that before the tour, I was a supporter of natural gas and what its capabilities are and what it could be. But now after seeing the process and seeing the benefits first-hand, I am a natural gas believer.
If you share that belief, CLICK HERE to sign our petition asking Governor Cuomo to end the moratorium on Fracking.
Fracking has been a largely misunderstood and maligned industry. It has been under constant attack by the misinformed left. You can read more about that HERE.
The tour itself was conducted in two stages. First, there was a class room portion and a tour of a working drill rig with a visit to a completed working well head that produces natural gas for the marketplace.
During the class room portion we were given a presentation of how the process works from the drilling pads site placement to the well head construction and all the steps in between. We were shown some very informative videos such as this one about drilling the well and this one about the fracking process. It is amazing that the actual process of Fracking takes only 6 days and occurs 6,000 feet below the water table.
The second portion of the trip took us to a working drill rig where we got to see the process first hand.
The site itself is prepped and functions like a bathtub, keeping everything contained on the drill pad and safe for the environment.
Anyone who thinks that Fracking is bad should really see how it has affected the lives of the people of Bradford County. Just like our Southern Tier, Bradford County had high unemployment, bad infrastructure, and very little chance at economic prosperity. Thanks to the boom of natural gas in the Marcellus shale beneath Bradford County, a wave of economic prosperity has come along. From paved roads to new schools, Bradford County, Pennsylvania has enjoyed this new found wealth. All of this was done at no cost to the taxpayer but rather by the energy companies themselves. In fact, so much money has come in that the residents of this county have even had their taxes cut, which in this day and age is unheard of.
Please join me in asking the Governor to bring a similar wave of prosperity here in New York by ending the moratorium on Fracking. Sign our petition today!
Field Director AFP-NY