Cabot Oil & Gas Brings Decade of Progress to Susquehanna County

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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Cabot Oil & Gas has been producing gas in Susquehanna County for a decade, bringing much progress and many rewards in the way of education, jobs and incomes.

Cabot Oil & Gas is one many fantastic companies in the business of extracting natural gas in Pennsylvania. It is focused principally on Susquehanna County. Incredibly, it has been there a decade already. During that time, it has also brought incredibly good things to the County. These include many jobs, numerous educational initiatives much new income to the area. More than that, though, it has brought opportunity and optimism about the future to a very special part of Rural America.

WBRE/WYOU carried the story:

There’s so much here to discuss. But, I want to start with the first thing I noticed, which is also why I like the natural gas industry so much. It is the lack of pretense and focus on the important stuff. Dan Dinges, the CEO at Cabot Oil & Gas didn’t wear a tie and neither did George Stark, the Director of External Affairs. Most of the guests were  also dressed casually. That’s because the natural gas industry is as real as it gets. The industry just aims to get things done. That is why it’s always several steps ahead of an opposition that is always fighting yesterday’s battle again; battles they’ve already lost.

Real companies also tend to produce real results. Consider just the following points made in the WBRE/WYOU story, which are in addition to the jobs created and the impact fees paid:

  • Cabot Oil & Gas has invested $10 billion in Susquehanna County.
  • Cabot has distributed another $2 billion in royalties to County landowners.
  • Cabot has, on top of its major funding commitment to Lackawanna College has also put $500,000 into the Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center.
  • Cabot has, together with others, also invested in a Mobile Offshore Learning Unit (MOLU) to travel from one school to another encourage students in pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematic (STEM) careers. If you would like to have the unit come to your school contact the Oilfield Energy Center at 713-840-1753 or oecmolu@oceanstaroec.com.
  • Cabot has established an Energy Education Fund to finance these initiatives.
  • Cabot has seven existing facilities in Susquehanna County and is now invested in a new multi-million building in Lenox Township that will be headquarters for its trucking operations (CDL drivers and diesel mechanics urgently needed).
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New Lenox Township facility under construction

There were two other points made that capture the essence of what Cabot and the industry has accomplished. First, Dan Dinges noted Cabot is sharing the wealth in a way that only private industry can; through investment and earnings from supplying goods the public needs and demands. No amount of government subsidies in products the public neither needs nor wants can do that. Cabot has brought self-sustaining development to Susquehanna County.

Secondly, as George Stark observed and, as it’s far too easy to forget amidst the political nonsense out there, the future is exceedingly bright. Cabot and other natural gas companies that followed it into Susquehanna County have invested in its long-term future. That means many more billions of dollars to come, more impact fees, more royalties, more tax revenue, better and better roads, more natural gas for local use, more education initiatives and more rewarding lifetime careers in natural gas plus a whole lot more. The future is as bright as could be.

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36 thoughts on “Cabot Oil & Gas Brings Decade of Progress to Susquehanna County

  1. Our Roads continue to be worse each succeeding year since Cabot entered our County;
    Total fantasy they are better and better.
    Watch our County Commissioner Public Meeting Videos and hear the ongoing complaints about the worsening roads and serious difficulty of keeping up with the repairs.

    And Cabot “investing 10 billion in Susquehanna County” means what? Where is this 10 Billion ? 10 Billion invested in their gas development and industrialization of our county.
    It’s not 10 billion going to the people and enhancing our towns, businesses, environment, bank accounts, lifestyles…
    It’s 10 billion invested by Cabot and for Cabot.

    Usual hype and self-aggrandizement by Cabot for Cabot.

    • Actually, it’s the usual hype and self-aggrandizement by Scroggins for Scroggins. And, if you want bad state roads (which are the problem, not local roads) come to Wayne County.

      • Ah yes – You noticed too that plenty of money is being blown on the local roads (which I certainly noticed including in the form of all of the topsoil including some of mine, going down to the Chesapeake as a result of all of the too-quick, Act-13-pork drainage work) and not enough on the state roads. JUST ONE MORE REASON TO HAVE A SEVERANCE TAX (which, BTW, those of us who weren’t the first to sign for $5. an acre, got fine print in our lease insulating us from having to pay a nickel of).

        • Maybe we’ll actually get enough this month to pay for the bottled water we buy. (Since ours is undrinkable & no one will do anything about it) shame people don’t do their “jobs”. As for a “lease & addendums” if/when the company that drew it up refuses to honor it & dep claims their “consent orders” trumped it (without your knowledge or approval” your screwed. It’s about time dep employees & gas company employees get fired.

    • Vera,
      Perhaps we need to audit your “donations”? Obviously you have way too much money on hand to sit and criticize yet never put forth a viable alternative to the issues. Methinks you could lead by example and provide your own funding to the County or at the very least round up your “rich friends” who send you your “scripts” you read off of all the time? Think of it as true “public service” to your flock while using modern technology brought to you in part by the petroleum industry.

  2. I invite Dan Dinges, George Stark, Bill DesRosiers and Gov Wolf to come & see just how “wonderful” they really are.

  3. Maybe we’ll actually get enough this month to pay for the bottled water we buy. (Since ours is undrinkable & no one will do anything about it) shame people don’t do their “jobs”. As for a “lease & addendums” if/when the company that drew it up refuses to honor it & dep claims their “consent orders” trumped it (without your knowledge or approval” your screwed. It’s about time dep employees & gas company employees get fired.

    • Tom can answer you himself.

      Tom will you please answer her?

      If I could post pics & videos here of the “treatment system” & other things I’d be happy to so everyone can see just how appalling this all is and Dep is fine with it all.

      Unfortunately the dep & gas co don’t want to talk to us about the many issues. Attorneys are afraid of them. (Even tho they all say we are right) Even the one who advertises he can help people. Seems he has no problems dealing with the gas co but when it comes to us. No way. (Even after we were quoted a price).

      Somethings up around here.

      I believe the quotes from dep were

      “no one needs to police the gas co. They can police themselves”.
      And
      “welcome to America if you want information go hire a lawyer”.

      Also supposedly the only way Dep can be contacted by us is via us mail. Complaints go unanswered & unaddressed. People lie.

      Time people from dep get fired. My opinion if they had properly done their “jobs” in the beginning non of this would have happened. If they were doing their jobs properly now none of this would happen. Fire Them All!

  4. So , Tom, what do you think of Debbie’s water situation…?
    Is this also fake and lies and not from Cabot’s drilling/fracking?

    And don’t forget to visit Ken Morcom and his water issues from Cabot’s activity.

    Will you still defend Cabot and not the Harmed citizens ?

      • Nice Try Thank You Vera !
        No tom has ever showed up on the Morcom Grosso Land
        They Know are Case is 100% Cabot did rune our water well not one politician know one has ever showed up just Cabot and its Men ,,,,like they cood fix it DEP just set’s the glide lines they must go By now to Keep them Drilling ..
        if a Person told me this was the Game they Play Back 8 years id of just Picked up . I can not Be leave for the life of me They can still work in the state …even today they Pretend we will just Take the Offer made and move on like it never Happened and still today they have Bottled & Bulk water Delivered to our home and Barn …after Drilling a new Water well that made more Gas then Water But if u Drive to the south a New Water line is being Placed for the Doller store on RT 29 south of us DEP must know that one was not going away ! so Cabot got on that Fast .

  5. Tom- please do answer directly this time.

    When I rode with you in 2014 you told me Cabot did not pollute any water in Dimock. As we drove by Ray’s you said the cars in his front yard were the reason for all the water pollution. You said Vera was making up all her claims when she spoke of Dimock pollution.

    I’ve seen you forward similar arguments here for years.

    Now – you have Debbie here – you know of Ken/Kim’s case.

    Tell us – do you still stand by the claim that Cabot had nothing to do with the mass pollution in Dimock?

    You helped start the campaign to call these victims liars – the film of you leading that first protest calling Dimock victims liars exists – you know I have a copy.

    What is your position today about facts like these:
    “Maybe we’ll actually get enough this month to pay for the bottled water we buy. (Since ours is undrinkable & no one will do anything about it”

    Add Ken admitting his water went black after the Cabot fracking of 2012?

    Please explain how DEP found Cabot guilty through isotopic testing – yet Cabot had nothing to do with the Dimock pollution. Please make a good argument for your position – if I have misrepresented your position feel free to say how clearly.

    • id love to see him call me a Lyer Tom Know’s Ken & kim’s case is as Real as Cabot drilling and finding Gas in the state now.

  6. Ken (this is Hope – on this site I’m not allowed to use my REAL name that everyone knows me by – though Tom allows others to post under ACTUAL fake names ..)

    – I’ve tried to get Tom to answer this for years.

    As he sits here posting this reply – he can not – or will not answer.

    That is all that needs to be known to see the truth.

    Ken – tell us how heartbreaking it is to be a real victim and have people like Tom paid to call you a liar – and teach others that you are a liar ….

        • I didn’t say Ken was a liar or that Ken was not a liar. Jan tried to put words in my mouth and now you are, too. This is a rather amazing demonstration of who actually lies, don’t you think?

          • ” Jan, I’ve never said Ken was a liar at all.”

            You HAVE said ALL Dimock victims are making it up and are liars – calling DImock’s pollution “manufactured”

            “Dimock water quality narrative was manufactured.” you

            If you would like to refute that fact please post where you have ever admitted it was Cabot’s drilling/fracking that polluted the Dimock aquifer .. go ahead .. I’ll wait ….

            (I crack myself up – rhetorical question – I know you again won’t answer Tom – we can all read.)

      • Ok – so there you are Tom – since you posted that – maybe you could answer the question I asked above – which is about your work – so there is no reason you should not be able to answer it:
        “do you still stand by the claim that Cabot had nothing to do with the mass pollution in Dimock?”

        You told me Cabot’s fracking in 2012 had no impact on drinking water in Dimock when you and I did a tour in 2014.
        Is that not correct?

        Ok – so you now say Ken is not lying? So you then admit Cabot’s fracking in 2012 polluted his/Kim’s water?

        Ok – so go ahead and admit it in that case… answer the question I have been asking you for years here and you continually so far have failed to answer …

          • Tom, you are playing us and playing with words.
            And being cryptic…
            and then who are you saying is “lying”?

            and tell us what you saw at Debbie Maye’s house with her water treatment system and any details about her hardships these past ten years.

          • The liar is the one who refused for YEARS to answer this simple question:

            “do you still stand by the claim that Cabot had nothing to do with the mass pollution in Dimock?”

            That would be you Tom – we can all see that clearly here.

  7. Not even enough $ to pay for water to drink.

    The so called “treatment system “ that dep & Cabot agreed to & we were told they would maintain is an unworking joke & a disgusting mess! If it did work there no $ to pay to upkeep it 2 times a week. What a disgusting appalling joke.

    What happened again here in Feb that DEP & Cabot don’t/doesn’t respond to complaints about?

    It’s about time all the Dep puppets & Cabot’s all get fired.

  8. Not even enough $ to pay for water to drink.

    The so called “treatment system “ that dep & Cabot agreed to & we were told they would maintain is an unworking joke & a disgusting mess! If it did work there no $ to pay to upkeep it 2 times a week. What a disgusting appalling joke.

    What happened again here in Feb that DEP & Cabot don’t/doesn’t respond to complaints about?

    It’s about time all the Dep puppets & Cabot’s all get fired.

    it’s amazing whenever I try to post anything it says it’s a duplicate comment & it refuses to post it.

  9. No lemon law. No warranty. No nothing..

    When complained about all the problems with the so called “treatment system “ we were told “it’s working as designed”. What does that tell you all? It wasn’t designed to actually work properly.? Designed by a company that supposedly has a massive amount of experience yet they claim no responsibility for it. No warranty No Lemon law No Service No Nothing at all. And to think the Dep claimed to have no knowledge about the “treatment system “ so what did they do? They called the Culligan man to look it over. Lease & addendums that aren’t honored & Dep seems to think they could trump the lease & it’s addendums without our knowledge consent or approval. They think we actually agreed to be financially responsible for it/them but refuse to show where we agreed. (Because we Did Not) Fire them all now asap!!!!!!

    • Debbie, what would you like DEP to do now to help with your situation?
      Have you complained to your legislators like Yaw and Tina Pickett?

      Can Cabot replace your system with something better?

      all the best,

  10. Sorry to hear of the horrors dealing with the Gas Industry harms and the DEP lack of help and lack of enforcements of laws and leases .

    Looks like Cabot couldn’t “fix” your water after almost ten years.

    And why Tom isn’t reporting what he saw at your home?

    Lots of people suffering besides you in our county from the gas industry polluting the water and air from the 53 gas compressors in our county and the 1600 gas wells .

    And our State government still allows Cabot and others to operate after all the violations, fines and harm to our environment.

    And Tom and others can only praise this industry which they don’t have to live next to.

    • But, I’d love to live next door and I have a recently upgraded major pipeline 1/4 mile away. I also respect Debbie, unlike you who simply wants to exploit something. That’s why any discussions I have with her will remain private on my end.

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