Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

October 6, 2012

What happens when it’s gone?

Well, the coal jobs of Western Pennsylvania are now beginning to depart with Maryland and West Virginia coal jobs soon following.

Those many lost generational coal jobs will not be replaced by the few temporary gas drilling related jobs. Four coal generated power plants in Pennsylvania are scheduled to close. More lost jobs.

With the ardent pursuit of natural gas in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia, coal production will now decrease along with many, many good paying jobs.

Natural gas drilling is allowed in the aforementioned states except Maryland. And Maryland only has two counties that are underladen with Marcellus and Utica Shales.

Why, with all the large areas of natural gas drilling available, I ask, why are these two counties of such great importance? Money, that is the answer. Mineral rights owners getting royalty money and the State of Maryland getting tax money.

The “many cons and few pros” about hydraulic fracturing have been presented before the people.

Let the people of those counties being affected by this potential drilling make the final decision about drilling in their backyards, not the rest of Maryland.

 As seen in the Sept. 27 Times-News, natural gas products derived from Western Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale, are now being shipped to a Philadelphia terminal and then to overseas customers (“Pipeline to ship Marcellus gas from Western Pa.,” Page 1B).

Oh gee, I live in Western Pennsylvania and do not have access to piped in natural gas. But overseas countries can get natural gas from under my feet!

Once the other pipelines are in place, natural gas products will be exported from this country.

And please note, the contract is a 15 year one, the same expectation life of the supply of natural gas from Marcellus Shale.

And our U.S. natural gas is $3 a unit vs. Russia’s natural gas is $10 per unit. We will be the suppler of cheap natural gas to then world.

 Now for the Western Maryland Health System. Obamacare has nothing to do with lost jobs at WMHS. (“Health system story reveals what to expect from health plan,” Oct. 5 Times-News) It is bad management, pure and simple .

I am sure that Romney’s, “ you’re on your own” care will be much better. No protection from heartless insurance companies.

It is apparent that WMHS is the pattern for Republican health care.

 Romney will perform like the Bain bully he is. It is “his way or the highway.” Just like in the debate, he enjoys “terminating,” like PBS, Big Bird and the Jim Lehrer.

I hope Mitt Romney’s “holy underwear” will keep him warm, for he is going to have a long cold winter, and may the one on Kolob shine down on him.

  Now for Allegany and Garrett County jobs. Sgt. Tami S. Ramos’ letter to the editor is correct (“Cumberland must climb out of the black hole,” Aug 1 Times-News.)

Allegany County is very economically depressed, along with Garrett County. Those who make decent wages must travel east of Allegany County to make it. Those in Garrett County travel out of state to make a real living wage. This is something that the political officials of these counties clearly chose to be ignorant of.

 Don Carns Jr.

 Beans Cove, Pa.

 

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