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A recent Quinnipiac poll showed that New York State voters are divided on drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale -- 44% back drilling for its economic benefits, while 43% are opposed because of fear for the environment. It seems that Dr. Seuss’ children’s book, The Lorax, written during the birth of the environmental movement in 1971 is more relevant than ever.
For those of you unfamiliar with The Lorax, it is a story about the Once-ler who made Theeds (something everyone needs) from Truffula Trees. The Once-ler hired everyone he could and built bigger and bigger factories to chop down more Truffula Trees and make more Thneeds. As the Once-ler’s family grew rich, the environment became smog filled and destitute. No more trees, no more birds, no more fishes, no more trees, no more money.
The story ends with the Lorax explaining: “A thought about something that somebody ought: Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing’s going to get better. It’s not.”
So must we completely halt all Marcellus Shale progress? Or must we put up so many strict regulations that progress is slowed to a standstill and oil and gas development in Pennsylvania, the state where it all started, becomes economically impossible?
We don’t think so. Careful planning and solutions that have long been accepted and are environmentally sound exist, allowing a tremendous boost for the economy and for our supply of natural gas. That still means that those involved have to care a whole awful lot—and not cut corners to make a fast buck.
McCarthy Engineering Associates does care a whole awful lot. We’re developing new solutions for our customers every day to ensure that as we harvest the awesome opportunity of The Marcellus Shale, that we don’t look back one day as the Once-ler did and realize that we paid too high a price for this opportunity.