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Monday, January 31, 2011
Shale Gas Jobs? WHERE?
Van Buren County is in the heart of the Fayetteville Shale Play and is experiencing some of the heaviest drilling and road damage in the state along with neighboring counties. They call it the "sweet spot," yet we can see from these statistics from the USDA, unemployment figures have risen in Van Buren in the five years the gas companies have been boasting about how many jobs they have brought to the area. The meager severance tax is not able to even meet a fraction of the cost of the destruction of our roads in this area, while politicians still chant the mantra big gas feeds them. We have a population in this sacrifice zone who have been crying out for anyone in government to listen to their sometimes desperate situations to no avail. Water contamination, earthquakes, air choked with toxins, compressor stations that roar 24/7 at such a high level people can't sleep are just some of the problems. Some in government say all these problems are worth it because of this great economic boon the gas industry is bringing us. I say; what boon?