States already reaping the rewards of the shale gas boom are, in a rich irony, using the same deny/delay tactics vs. enviroweenies that are usually employed in ignoring the rights of citizens. The money is simply too good and in most cases shale gas is the only tangible sign of growth in these moribund state economies - it provides one hell of a fig leaf for the rest of the shambles brought about by decades of welfare state vote buying.
PA now has a pubbie house,senate and gubbernor and has passed some new well fees that will be split 60-40 with the locals getting the 60%.
The drilling companies have been repairing the roads and bridges at their expense and replacing the trees, re-grading the landscape etc.
The Marcellus Shale drilling has been a boon for PA and a great benefit to land owners, workers, natural gas users and everyone in the state, EXCEPT, the envirowhackos have been having fits.
They are screaming but mostly, the average person is telling them to STFU.
We can experience the benefits first hand and while I don't own any land that is being drilled upon, I benefit because my heating bills are reduced by at least half, the general economy is better, and I want to see young people working and being happy with their lives.
Drill, baby, drill.