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Communities adjust to natural gas drilling's impact

Written by Tim Lambert, witf Multimedia News Director | May 12, 2011 8:50 AM

(Undated) -- In his budget address two months ago, Governor Corbett pledged to make Pennsylvania the Texas of the natural gas boom. "Let's make Pennsylvania the hub of this boom," he said. "Just as the oil companies decided to headquarter in one of a dozen states with oil, let's make Pennsylvania the Texas of the natural gas boom." That's because most of the state sits on a potential gold mine of natural gas reserves located in the Marcellus Shale formation. Drillers have flocked to rural communities across the commonwealth to set up shop and start extracting the gas from deep underground. Those boroughs and townships suddenly find themselves face to face with the positives and negatives that come with the industry. witf's Real Life | Real Issues multimedia series, looks at the impact natural gas drilling has had on two communities in the northcentral part of Pennsylvania. Scott Detrow begins our trip in Bradford County. Then, witf's Tim Lambert and Scott Lamar discuss how Hughesville, Lycoming County, is adjusting to drilling activity.

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