COG discusses Marcellus impact
September 2, 2010
Marcellus Shale development surrounds the area, and municipal officials are trying to predict its impact on the county.
During Wednesday’s meeting of the Warren County Intergovernmental Cooperative (COG), Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Jim Decker said development will come to the county. As it does, he said he hopes residents do not have to scramble to cope with it.
Tioga County recently held a seminar discussing issues Marcellus development led to there, Decker said, such as those surrounding itinerant workers. Some of their children don’t speak English as a first language, he said, requiring schools to accommodate their needs.
“Pipelines will have to grow,” Decker said.
Mead Township Supervisor Jim Hovey said they already have in the State College area. The pipelines run over the mountains, he said.
The companies involved recycle a lot of wastewater, Decker said, and for the most part do not use open pits. The waste presents a continual problem, he said.
“The water wells are as valuable as oil wells,” Decker said.
Glade Township Supervisor Joe Scully said Governor Ed Rendell visited Tioga County recently to discuss his support for a severance tax for extracting natural gas. The state’s general assembly has agreed to take up the matter in legislation by Oct. 1, he said.
According to Scully, Rendell wants to split the tax between the state and municipalities. Warren County Planning and Zoning Director Dan Glotz said the funding would make up for the wear and tear on roads as well as the use of aquifers caused by the development.
Cooperative members planned to hold their next meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6 at the 911 Center.