Dale Howell talks about the benefits natural gas development has brought to Susquehanna Co. and his family in Cabot’s Looking Back, Moving Forward series.
Dale Howell lives in Springville, Susquehanna County. He was raised on a farm in nearby Wyoming County and moved back to Susquehanna County to purchase land in Auburn Township. In recent decades, he was watching farms shutting down one after another.
“As farming died, all the little towns died too,” Dale noted. Factories were moving out of the area, leaving a few struggling timber operations and stone quarries in their wake. Jobs were getting scarce, and the few that were left were no paying living wages.
“Then the gas people came, and things started booming again,” said Dale. He’s grateful for the change at a time that he sensed the local economy was on the verge of collapse. Not only does Dale have relatives who work directly with the gas companies, he’s seen other companies modify their services and product lines to establish lucrative relationships in support of the gas industry.