Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania is leaving nearby Delaware County, New York behind economically thanks to natural gas development impossible in New York.
Earlier this month, I did a post on the contributions of natural gas development to fighting poverty. It brought a protest from serial protester and malcontent Vera Scroggins who, as usual, made an evidence deprived assertion Susquehanna County had “more food banks” since gas had arrived. One of our other readers encouraged me to check the data and, so I did. Vera will not be happy.
There are no statistics to verify Vera’s claim but there is hard-core evidence of the economic impact of natural gas development on Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. The easiest way to assess those impacts is to compare Susquehanna County with a similar sized county in New York, where fracking has been banned. Delaware County, New York is separated from Susquehanna County by a mere four miles in vicinity of Deposit, a location most geologists think could be a sweet spot for natural gas development.