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March 25. 2013 11:22PM
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Tapping Shale supplies vital for state’s economy

I first met Tom Corbett in Dallas for a voter rally. He won! So, why are you punishing the drivers of Pennsylvania with a gas hike? You are giving less to support state and schools. All you would need to do is make a deal with the major gas company in Pennsylvania, Chesapeake, Chief or Cabot.

You could split gas royalties 50-50 by drilling under our miles of turnpike roads. It would bring trillions of dollars the state needs. An example is Elk Lake School district, it has a gas well and it gets a royalty check of $50,000 dollars a month.

Pennsylvania should be taking advantage of this gas and using it as well as selling it to China and Japan. Talk to the gas company and do it now. We have thousands of miles of Pennsylvania roads and trillions and trillions of cubic feet of gas beneath the Shale. Pennsylvania owns one million acres of state gamelands. Just think of how much gas and wealth it could bring to Harrisburg if it were drilled?

Yes, roads and pipe lines would be made through dense rocks and trees, but that is a good thing because then grass is planted on that land. The deer and turkeys finally have a food source and old hunters like me won’t get lost in the million acre dark forest.

Hundreds of new food plots would keep the deer and turkeys off the farm fields and roads and back on the game lands. It is a win-win situation for all.

After we tap the 25-year supply of Marcellus Shale, miles under is the Utica Shale, and further down lies the Black River Shale, and that is where the oil lies.

This is our way to say good bye to the Middle East and our gasoline problems. Thanks to Mr. Drake, we have oil in Pennsylvania.

To anybody who thinks I am wrong, you must not have had to spend six hours in a gas line to get only five gallons of gas. It was the worst of times. I remember it well, the Middle East had us at its mercy. Now it’s our turn!

TL Pickett


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