2018-09-15 / Viewpoints

Correspondence

N.Y pays price for drilling ban

Dear editor:

Shale gas development is bringing incredible benefits to Pennsylvania, but that hasn’t been the case across the border in New York.

And there is probably nowhere that this is clearer than in the Twin Tiers. The region once had strikingly similar economies, but since shale development has been banned in New York, the differences have become more pronounced.

Pennsylvania’s gross domestic product contributions from oil and gas development has increased 600 percent to more than $597 billion since 2005, while New York’s has remained stagnant.

Literally fueled by shale, Pennsylvania has also seen manufacturing GDP contributions grow 24 percent since the shale revolution took hold, while New York’s saw only 1.5 percent growth.

In Pennsylvania, an abundance of natural gas is driving new manufacturing investments and creating new opportunities for existing businesses.

Farmers on either side of the border have felt the effects of the years-long dairy price slump; however, royalty and lease payments have helped “shelter” many of Pennsylvania’s farms.

Recent studies from Yale University and Penn State University confirm there hasn’t been widespread water contamination. And emissions are also falling – thanks largely to increased natural gas usage – despite record shattering natural gas production in the Commonwealth.

New York has missed out on a tremendous opportunity. And Pennsylvania is thriving – without the claims of widespread water contamination and health impacts that were used to justify New York’s ill-conceived ban coming true.

Nicole Jacobs
Energy in Depth
Williamsport

Thankful for UPMC Cole

Dear editor:

You do not have to go to big-city hospitals all the time for your care. I want your readers to known what a fabulous caregiver system we have with UPMC Cole.

Recently, while on vacation in North Carolina, I became very ill. After a wait of eight hours, I was held overnight and discharged with some medication. I was advised to head home and see my own physician.

It became clear that we were not going to make it all the way home, so we stopped at UPMC Cole in Coudersport. That turned out to be the best decision of my life.

Tests were run and we soon had a visit from Dr. Prasad, who discovered that I had a bleeding duodenal ulcer. This was a very serious condition that required me to stay in the intensive care unit for three days. Dr. Prasad no doubt saved my life.

Over the 13 years we have been back in the area, I have been to UPMC Cole for emergency care and surgeries at the main hospital and Champion Orthopedic Centers. In Emporium, I see Kathy Fragale (physician assistant) and Dr. David Kulling.

I can tell you first hand that UPMC Cole has one awesome health care team.

Rita Glasl Poorman
Emporium

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