There’s no name more frequently associated with fracking than Dimock. Residents, though, contrary to the media narrative, love fracking and here’s why.
Dimock is the name that virtually defines fracking for fractivists. The is despite the fact no one has ever demonstrated a single fracking problem in Dimock. Yes, there have been issues of methane migration. Those pre-existed gas drilling, though, and had zero to do with hydraulic fracturing. Moreover, the EPA found the water was safe. Yet, the myth persists. What’s fascinating to those of us who know the community is this; residents of the community love fracking. They want more of it, in fact. It’s not hard to understand why.
I loved Dimock the first time I visited. It’s a community of ordinary people standing up to the abuse of those fractivists determined to make it an example of what it’s not. They’ve fought back at every opportunity, even launching a website called Dimock Proud to tell their side of the story. They know the truth. They have very good reason as municipal spending data from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development reveals. I took a look at the data for 2006 (pre-gas) and 2014 (latest available) and this is what I found:
Yes, since the shale revolution hit Dimock, its revenues have grown by 264%, including $515,100 in Marcellus Shale Impact fees for 2014 alone, Total revenues have nearly quadrupled, in fact, and even without the impact fees, revenues have increased 38%. This is twice the rate of inflation. Even so, it doesn’t begin to cover the full economic contributions from gas drilling. Those contributions include not only new direct revenue, but also savings from the miles of township roads upgraded by drillers. Cabot, alone, spent $21,300,000 throughout the region on roads as of 2011.
Here’s a chart to summarize what’s happened, thanks to gas drilling and fracking:
It’s not hard to see why Dimock loves fracking, is it? Road upgrades paid for directly out of gas company pockets since the shale revolution came to town only add to pile of benefits in the 2014 column. Dimock Township, itself, spent $122,417 on “maintenance and repairs of roads and bridges” in 2014. This was $6,821 less than it spent in 2006 on this traditionally biggest item in the local budget.
See what I mean? This is why virtually the entire community always turned out for those Cabot picnics.