Binghamton Area Landowner
Texas gas is achieving wonders for the energy needs of the state’s citizens, while New York State plays the fool for its politically correct elites.
The Texas gas industry is eye-opening. I recently returned from a month long trip working in the state. My work was not energy related. However, because I spent the majority of my time driving around in rural and suburban areas I had a good chance to look at the energy infrastructure. It didn’t take long for me to see how completely out-of-step my own state, New York, is when it comes to energy.
There are a whole lot of gas wells around Texas. My experience with seeing gas wells in my prosperous neighboring state of Pennsylvania made them easy to spot. They are everywhere. They’re in the back yards of expensive homes. They’re in fields next to schools, shopping centers and churches. They’re out in the country on open grazing land.
I also noticed no one else seems to notices these Texas gas wells. Some are in neighborhoods with trailer parks and some are in neighborhoods with million dollar homes. The only difference I noticed was the trailer park had a chain link fence around it. The higher priced neighborhood had a wooden stockade fence around the chain link.
The high school in one community and the new YMCA had a gas well between them. It wasn’t that easy to spot. Most wells consist of just the well head and a couple of liquid tanks in a 100’ x 100’ fenced enclosure. When I pointed them out, most people I spoke with didn’t know what they were.
I worked southwest of Fort Worth. The area has two nuclear power plants and they were building a new natural gas turbine power plant. This was big news for the area because the gas turbine engines that will power the plant are air cooled. (Think airplane jet engine.) They will not require water from the river to produce electric power. This is big news in an area with limited water resources and several years of drought.
I must also say the sun is brutal down there. One day was cloudy until noon. The other 29 days I spent there were bright and blisteringly hot from 8am to 8pm. Noticeably absent were solar panels. I think I saw solar photovoltaic panels on less than half a dozen buildings. With miles and miles of open land with only scrub brush growing, there were no major solar installations to see.
The land is fairly flat and windswept and many windmills were hard at work pumping water for grazing cattle. Once again, though, I didn’t see any power generating windmills, although Texas is the national leader in that industry. I did see a small hydro electric plant on the Brazos River. The Brazos is about the size of the Chenango River in Binghamton.
The City of Granbury where I worked is roughly about the size of Binghamton. Both are situated over natural gas fields with tremendous energy potential. One is in the Sunbelt on the windy plains. The other is in the cloudy hilly northeast. Guess which state says it wants to live off solar and wind energy?
According to the U.S. Energy information Administration, the average residential cost of electricity in New York for May, 2016 was 17.73 cents per kilowatt hour. The cost in Texas for the same period was 11.11 cents per kilowatt hour. Who do you think is taking the best advantage of their energy resources?