The gas drilling could happen farther from town, but it's very unlikely on Foster Hill or other places within a couple of miles to the center of town.
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To my experience, I am not aware of any contemplated natural gas drilling in this immediate area. The drillers have been buying rights on properties north and west of here, in Wayne County for instance.
The Marcellus Shale region has been called "The Saudi Arabia of North America", and natural gas is a more cost-effective fuel than oil or porpane, so I do expect future drilling. I have seen some plans, and because the drill heads can be "guided" underground, three or four drill heads in one spot can cover many acres of drilling. The gas deposits are very very deep in the ground, far below the drinking water table, and the State legislators are working very hard to make sure the prisine lands and clean water of Pennsylvania are protected.
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