A blessing or a curse?

Jessica Lewis

I’m still trying to put together all of the information on this gas drilling issue, but so far I’ve picked up a couple subtle facts. Depending on which side of the issue you seem to be on, it will either save Chenango County from a horrid poverty-filled future, or it will single handedly destroy the environment and the community.

I wish I was exaggerating, but this is clearly one of the most divisive topics in Chenango County. One group seems to think anyone who has a gas lease will quickly make money with no consequences, while the other group seems to think the drilling will destroy drinking water, drop property values and leave everyone in the county much worse off than they were before.

I for one think the truth probably lies somewhere in the middle. Is gas drilling going to save the economy, probably not, but it could help some. Is it going to destroy life as we know it, probably not, but I’m sure there will be environmental consequences. Gas drilling, to the extent that is currently being discussed, is a new concept in the area, and as with anything, I’m sure there will be problems and issues that will not be fully understood until much later in the game.

The fact of the matter is that everything we do has an impact on the environment. Our cars, our houses, our energy usage, our garbage, everything we do has an effect. The question each person has to determine for themselves is how much of an effect they are willing to have.