October 29, 2011

A human side effect of gas drilling

When I think about the possible impact of shale gas drilling on my own neighborhood, I certainly worry about the potential environmental impact of a well pad up the hill from my house. For most of Varna, though, that well is at least fairly far away, and more likely to be served by trucks using Route 13 rather than coming up through the Cornell campus. (You never know, but odds seem good.)

There's another side effect, though, a very human side. The Pennsylvania experience makes me think that living four doors down from a bar, even one I generally like, could get a whole lot more interesting in ways that aren't much fun. Given the rental situation and development proposals active in Varna, that area might see human difficulties much more than they see the direct environmental impact, too.

Posted by simon at October 29, 2011 10:01 PM in ,
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