VP, National Association of Royalty Owners, PA Chapter (NARO-PA)
The Marcellus Shale is a natural resource that keeps on giving to Pennsylvania residents in ways no one thought imaginable less than a short decade ago.
I am from coal country – the hard coal region of Pennsylvania. My family’s immigrant patriarchs all spent their early working years carving out a living in the mines throughout the first half of the twentieth century. While the mines were cold, dark, and dangerous, they were the means to give these new immigrant families a better life. When they had enough money saved to buy their freedom, they did. Freedom for my dad’s family was a plot of farmland in what we now call Marcellus Shale country, far from the colliery spoils, mine fires and acid mine drainage. It’s become a country of opportunity thanks to shale gas development.