The New York Times reports Chemung County is reaping the benefits of hyrdrofracking without any hydrofracking.
The county, home to Elmira, Horseheads and Big Flats, is on the New York-Pennsylvania border. Drillers in Pennsylvania are streaming to Chemung County for housing, shopping and entertainment.
Last year, Chemung led all New York counties in the growth of sales tax and hotel tax revenue, as well as in the expansion of its tax base, avoiding the property tax increases and economic doldrums faced by local governments elsewhere in the state.
Many businesses provide support and technological services for gas fields. One of the biggest, Schlumberger Technologies, is completing a 400,000-square-foot plant in Horseheads that will employ 400 people by next year.
New York State has not decided if it will allow hydrofracking. There are serious concerns about the environmental impact. But this kind of economic impact can also not be ignored.