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citations & links for statements in the county shopper ads
of September 16 & October 14, 2011        
 

"The industry came into town and  met with the bankers and they met with some educators at Colorado Mountain College and county commissioners and a few folks like that and they started telling these stories about this economic boom that was coming and everybody was going to be happy and it was going to be a little paradise and we were going to be awash in money - we were going to be rolling wheelbarrows of money into the front of the bank.

"What they didn't tell them was that sooner or later wheelbarrows full of money were going to be rolling out the back door of the bank because people were going to be losing their property values, their health was going to be affected, our infrastructure costs were going to skyrocket and there would be no tax money to pay for those things.

"And they didn't tell that to the bankers.

"This is what the bankers found out two or three years or four years into the process."

- see Duke Cox, right sidebar

Property Values Decline

Bradford County PA
, 2/24/11: PA DEP officials encouraged Jared and Heather McKikens to evacuate their home. Their home and property value has plummeted 85%, from $250,000 to a value now appraised at $35,000. Mr. McKikens said "When your house does not have fresh water it's pretty much worthless." 


Protecting Our Waters
 

Denton Texas Record and Chronicle
, 9/18/10: Drilling Can Dig into Land Values: "One year to the day after a company set up its drilling rigs on their land in eastern Wise County, Texas, Tim and Christine Ruggiero confirmed the depth of their loss.  Originally on the 2010 tax rolls for $257,330, their home and 10-acre horse property are now worth $75,240." "The Wise County Central Appraisal District Appraisal Review Board agreed that the drilling company's use of the Ruggieros' land warranted the extraordinary reduction." 

Denton Record & Chronicle

 

VP  Residential Mortgage Lending, Tompkins County Trust Company,
3/24/11 "Gas/oil leases are generally NOT accepted by lenders such as Wells, First Place Bank, Provident Funding, GMAC, FNCB, Fidelity, FHA, First Liberty or Bank of America."
 

Pike County PA Courier
, 6/3/10: New mortgages unavailable for properties with gas drilling leases  "How do you get a buyer to consider a purchase when they know the property might not be bankable?" asks Jennifer Canfield, a real estate broker in the Upper Delaware Valley."

 Pike County Courier
 


Mortgage Troubles on Leased Properties, April 2010
"I am a realtor and can tell you with absolute certainty that if there are any “ongoing environmental conditions” on your property – even ones that simply require monitoring to be sure no change has occurred – the lender will reject your applications. These loans cannot comply with Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac guidelines and therefore cannot be sold in the secondary market. In simple English, if they are drilling anywhere near your property you are never going to be able to sell your house to anyone other than an all cash buyer. How is that going to affect you? In your wallet!"

see full discussion at lizjbucar.wordpress.com
 

"Economic Benefit" is a Myth


William R. Freudenburg and Lisa J. Wilson: “Mining the Data: Analyzing the Economic Implications of Mining for Nonmetropolitan Regions”, Sociological Inquiry, Vol 72, Fall 2002, 549-75.

“There appears to be no scientific basis for accepting the widespread ‘obvious’ assumption that mining will lead to economic improvement” (page 549).

“The areas of the United States having the highest levels of long-term poverty, outside of those having a history of racial inequalities, tend to be found in the very places that were once the site of thriving extractive industries—most notably in Appalachia” (page 552).

 See report at TCGASMAP (pdf)

 


Headwaters Economics “Fossil Fuel Extraction as a County Economic Development Strategy: Are Energy-focusing Counties Benefiting?” September 2008 (Revised 7/11/09).

“Counties that have focused on energy development are underperforming economically compared to peer counties that have little or no energy development.” (page 2)

“EF (Energy-focused) counties over the long term are characterized by:
• Less economic diversity and resilience
• Lower levels of education in the workforce
• A greater gap between high and low income households
• A growing wage disparity between energy-related workers and all other workers
• Less ability to attract investment and retirement dollars” (page 4)
 


Thomas Michael Power (University of Montana) - “The Local Economic Impacts of Natural Gas Development In Valle Vidal, New Mexico”, January 2005.

“Mineral exploration, development, and extraction have not been sources of economic stability or growth for over a quarter of a century. Instead they have contributed to a downward cycle of boom and bust... Natural gas development does not provide substantial jobs and income for local residents, even when it is carried out on a massive scale.” (page 23)

Power: EconomicImpact (pdf)
 


Susan Christopherson, Ph.D. (Cornell University) Albany Times Union, “Hydrofracking a Boom-Bust Endeavor”, August 14, 2011 "Evidence from already developed shale plays indicates that shale gas drilling relies mostly on out-of-state workers. Local employment is concentrated in trucking, construction and retail jobs -- many of which are part-time, short-term, or low-pay...Shale gas jobs make only a modest contribution to PA economy. We can expect similar results in NY."

Times Union
 

Town Budgets Strained


Marcellus Shale Activity Costs Mounting for Taxpayers
“The cost of drilling is high - and is getting higher for the taxpayers of Clinton County. According to a report released Thursday, the government's expense accompanying the drilling company surge in this region is doubling each year with no end in sight.”

Data  from Clinton Co., Pa government
2007 - $7,270
2008 - $73,884
2009 - $153,582
2010 - $334,000

Lockhaven.com
 


Marcellus Shale: What Local Officials Need to Know -
Penn State University:  “Due to Pennsylvania’s local tax structure, the revenue
impacts of Marcellus shale on Pennsylvania local governments and taxpayers will likely be relativelysmall compared to the cost and service impacts.” Page 14

Full report (pdf)
 


Mayor Keith Lambert, Rifle, Colorado, quoted in the film, Rural Impact!: “Our revenues are now here, but our needs are up here.” Increased sales tax revenues could not begin to keep pace with huge increases in infrastructure needs.
 


Susan Christopherson, Ph.D. (Cornell University) Albany Times Union, “Hydrofracking a Boom-Bust Endeavor," August 14, 2011 "Many of the costs of shale gas extraction fall on county and local government, including localities where drilling makes no appreciable contribution to the economy through job creation or tax revenues."

Times Union
 


   "Call DOH [Department of Highways] -
    Wetzel County Action Group

 


NY State Dept of Transportation says “Transportation Impacts Are Ominous”
Bill for local road repair to be $121 to $222 milliion say NY DOT. “No mechanism for local governments to absorb these costs without major impacts to other programs."

Full report at
Press Connects: DOT Report
 

 

NYSDOT Transportation Impacts Paper

 


"Thanks, CHK [Chesapeake Energy] + DOH [Department of Highways]" - Wetzel County Action Group
 


Ad valorem tax doesn't touch road repair costs - town supervisor in central NY writing to other supervisors

"Norse Energy delayed for nearly 18 months the implementation of a simple $10,000 road bond agreement that evolved into a $30,000 discussion with some strong resistance on their part, long enough for our town to experience road impacts that exceeded $300,000 in repair costs.

"Over 3 years, we have had nearly $550,000 in road impacts and subsequent repairs. When you consider our local road repair budget for materials and fuel is around $64,000... T
he local gas property taxes paid out under the current complicated, convoluted and inadequate state system do not touch this. Taxes paid to [our township] this year on an estimated $5 million in wholesale gas sales from 2008 is about $16,000 or about .3 percent of estimated revenues
, since the companies are not required to disclose their actual revenues"

- from February 12, 2010 e-mail

 

 

 

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Agriculture & Drilling Don't Mix

PA Cows Exposed to Flowback Water Produced High Number of Stillborn or Dying Calves  After Carol & Don Johnson's cows were exposed to flowback water that leaked off a drilling pad, they were quarantined by the PA Department of Agriculture.  Of the eleven calves born this spring of those cows, eight were born dead or were so weak that they died shortly afterwards.

State Impact PA: Quarantined Cows Gave Birth to Dead Calves

Protecting Our Waters: Dead Calves and Silences
 


Wholesale food purchasers plan to avoid food from fracked regions.  Retail stores and restaurants act to protect the health and demands of their customers Park Slope Food Coop's open letter including the following statement:

"If hydrofracking is allowed to go forward our shoppers are certain to be asking us if the fruits, vegetables, dairy products, eggs and meats from New York State are produced in areas where hydrofracking is taking place. It will not take many inquiries for us to start researching alternatives to NYS products." 

Full text at
New York Connection
Salon: Fracking Food Supply


Print Restaurant, NYC, statement from Chef Heather Carlucci 
"As a chef, I take strong responsibility for the food I serve to the patrons of the restaurant.  While they are in our dining room, their health is in our hands.  It is a terrible thought, but we've thought long and hard about farms on fracked land and our stance on it.  As we can't judge someone for making that choice for their land and their business especially during these difficult times for family farms, the unregulated use of toxins in enormous amounts, as hydrofracturing does, leaves us little choice but to look elsewhere to bring our business. At Print, we take the support of all farms and the causes of farms and farmers very seriously.  It's been part of our business model since the concept was in its inception. That being said, we feel that fracked land is compromised land.  Compromised farm land is compromising the health of those around us, the health of our community, our children and ourselves."
 


One of 17 cows killed by a spill from a Chesapeake/Schlumberger fracking site
 

Tourism & Gas Drilling Don't Mix


“Fracking threatens to do serious damage to the tourism sector”

“Degrading visitor experience and creating industrial landscape far outlives profitability of gas extraction.”

Andrew Rumbach (Cornell University), “Natural Gas Drilling in the Marcellus Shale: Potential Impacts on the Tourism Economy of the Southern Tier”

see report at STC Planning (pdf)
 

 


 

Drilling Puts Strain on Medical Services


Staci Covey, President of Guthrie Healthcare Troy Hospital, Bradford Co., PA 
"Local Experiences Related to the Marcellus Shale Industry," 5/10/11, reports increased traffic and motor vehicle accidents and other complications. 

Quoted from just two slides:
  • Access to and from the borough of Troy and Troy Community Hospital delayed or impossible at certain times of day
  • Accidents have occurred related to frustration, anger directed at migrant workers, substance abuse, unfamiliarity with roadways, road rage; could use more State Police to assist with management and enforcement. Victims are most often local residents.
  • Patient transport and response to emergency calls are delayed and hampered requiring adjustments to timing of treatments and planning for increased delays
  • EMS services are all volunteer and volunteers are burning out; call volumes for EMS services have significantly increased
  • Patient transport is uncomfortable due to rough roads
  • The delivery of home care services has been greatly impacted related to traffic volume but also the hauling of industry- related equipment and materials
  • Extended, non-productive travel times to and from patient homes
  • The roads are in severe disrepair and very hard on staff vehicles
  • Staff safety while traveling is a serious concern
  • Road repairs will further hamper travel, increasing staff dissatisfaction, increased gas use and vehicle wear, and
    decrease productivity

Complete report (17-slide powerpoint)
Troy Community Hospital Report
 

 
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From the film, Rural Impact! Duke Cox, November 10, 2007
 

"The secret to your success is in this room, and it's the fact that some 70 or 80 people have been here all day listening to information that's going to help you protect your community and to continue to have a community that you want to live in.  The community that I have recently moved away from has deteriorated to the point where most of my old friends who lived in Garfield Count no longer live in Garfield County.

"What happened in Garfield County is a situation that I hope never happens again, in which a community was unprepared for an industrial onslaught by an industry that is the most powerful industry in the world.

"Be aware of the hidden costs that will visit your community.  One of the things that happened in Rifle: I was invited when the industry first started moving into the Garfield County area, as a builder, as a general contractor, a couple of my banker friends asked me to come in and sit down on some "discussions."  ...The industry came into town and  met with the bankers and they met with some educators at Colorado Mountain College and county commissioners and a few folks like that and they started telling these stories about this economic boom that was coming and everybody was going to be happy and it was going to be a little paradise and we were going to be awash in money - we were going to be rolling wheelbarrows of money into the front of the bank.

"What they didn't tell them was that sooner or later wheelbarrows full of money were going to be rolling out the back door of the bank because people were going to be losing their property values, their health was going to be affected, our infrastructure costs were going to skyrocket and there would be no tax money to pay for those things.

"And they didn't tell that to the bankers.

"This is what the bankers found out two or three years or four years into the process."

 

 


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