Our region is emerging as a hotbed for developing new sustainable energy industries, with "all of the tools in the toolbox."
For more than two years I have been promoting our region's achievements and potential through the Pickens Plan organization, a network of entrepreneurs, inventors, and activists.
When I met with T Boone Pickens on September 27th, he was very aware of our region, and the Marcellus shale gas fields.
Natural gas is also produced from sewage treatment sludge, agricultural waste, and landfills' naturally fermenting garbage. We are already doing this here, with local engineering know-how. Waste Water Treatment Plants, old landfills, and industrial brownfields are ideal sites for shale gas horizontal drilling wellhead sites, drawing gas from as far as three miles away from the wellhead. Because they are already environmentally damaged, these sites make the use of "green field" sites unnecessary. They are usually distant from homes, schools, shopping centers, and other populated areas, providing better security and protecting the public from nuisances.
Natural gas has been proven to be a practical alternative for petroleum-based motor vehicle fuels. The NAT GAS Act (HR 1835) would create tax incentives for the replacement of foreign oil with our nation's natural gas resources. Our region lost three Congressional co-sponsors for this common sense legislation on November 2nd: John Boccieri, Charlie Wilson, and Kathy Dahlkemper, all Democrats.
We can dig ourselves out of the economic pit caused by foreign oil imports, but we can now expect as little help from Capital Hill as we have gotten from Wall Street. It is up to us, working in our communities with our local resources, to rebuild our economy with a sustainable energy industry.
James Jay (Jim) Pirko
Pickens Plan District Leader (OH-17)
Marcellus Shale Gas Region Organizer
Railroads and the Pickens Plan Organizer