I’m sure everyone remembers the old adage, “When opportunity knocks...” Well folks, opportunity is knocking, but the City of New Martinsville has just hung a “Do not disturb” sign on the door. The City Council earlier this month prohibited the act of drilling for oil and natural gas within city limits, citing that it is a detriment to the public.
Are we willing to put up with current conditions: families leaving the area for the lack of jobs, children growing up and moving away for more opportunity, watching our cities become ghost towns when industries close up shop? Or do we want to push toward progress: construction, growth of industry, and a resurgence of people living in our region?
There is not nearly the risk with drilling as what some people would have you believe. We’ve been drilling in this area since the 1800s; generations have lived and grown up in our cities with no harmful effects.
Why ban drilling now? Our region, and our entire country for that matter, is in one of the worst economic downturns since its establishment. We desperately need the earnings, and resulting taxes, in order to stay afloat. With so much potential for the natural gas industry right now, we need to reinstate drilling immediately and open the door when opportunity comes knocking again.