They are coming

This is the view, looking North, from the Pine Creek Rail Trail south of Ramsey. The small squares show something in the distance. The inset photos (L to R) show that something in more detail. It is a drill rig.  Good numbers are difficult to come by, only because they vary depending on the particular source. Conservatively, however, more than 9,000 drilling permits have been issued in the state in support of Marcellus Shale gas development since 2007. More than 2,000 of these were issued here in Clinton County alone in 2010. The parallels between the California Gold Rush and the Marcellus Shale gas industry are numerous. It is an unfortunate phenomon that is here to stay.

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