Washington County, Pennsylvania is a regional leader in business growth, tourism and job creation, all thanks to the Marcellus Shale and natural gas development.
The Washington County, Pennsylvania website states “No matter what you want to do, you can do it right here. Shop until your heart’s content, or spend your days outdoors. Whether you like history, sports or entertaining, we are ready to share the energy.” They’re correct!
And share the energy they will. In 2004 Range Resources pioneered the Marcellus Shale with the successful drilling on the Renz #1 well. Since then Washington County has invested nearly half a billion dollars in infrastructure and economic development, ranking the county No. 1 in Pennsylvania for number of shale gas wells drilled and No. 2 in natural gas production.
The county also ranks No. 1 in Pennsylvania in natural gas liquids production. The natural gas liquid products are used for feedstock for the Shell Cracker Plant in nearby Beaver County, a $6 billion investment.
The natural gas industry in Pennsylvania pays an impact fee on every unconventional gas well drilled with the funds to be distributed to local and state governments. Washington County and its municipalities are recipients of the impact fee disbursement and have received nearly $110 million from those impact fees since 2011. The impact fees funds have help to fund park improvement projects, new roads and support first responders.
Our friends over at Range Resources created this short video on Washington County:
It is no wonder why Washington County is one of the fastest growing destinations in Pennsylvania. Range Resources and other companies in the natural gas industry have helped counties, such as Washington County, share the energy.
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