Last week, I traveled to Greene County, Pennsylvania — believe it or not, a location I cannot remember ever going to before.

However, before I could reach Greene County, I traveled around Pittsburgh through Washington County.

And if you haven’t noticed, I’ve been writing quite a bit on the gas and oil industry since it’s news many farmers want to know about right now. So I’ve been keeping my eyes wide open and paying attention to the areas that have already been through the boom.

When I hit Interstate 79 and viewed the transformation in front of my eyes, I was in shock. There were trucks hauling pipe all along the route.

I traveled to Washington County two years ago for a story and since then it has exploded! Even from the highway, there were new houses and construction everywhere and that was just along the highway.

Even in Greene County, there isn’t a huge gas boom like in Washington County, but it is happening. The big thing there that I saw was the pipeline construction.

At the farm I visited, EquiTrans put one gas line in and Dominion was constructing a second line.

As I drove home, passing the many trucks carrying pipe, I thought to myself about the boom just beginning in eastern Ohio.

There is a lot to think about when it comes to this issue. Who will benefit in the end? Who will lose out? What if an accident, either human or environmental happens? What good will come out of this?

I guess my point is this, the boom has been going on a few years in Washington County and it doesn’t seem to have an ending in the near future.

So, as this boom just begins in eastern Ohio, maybe we can take a few lessons and learn from Pennsylvania. But the one thing that is clear is that the ending will be what we make it.

Kristy Foster Seachrist lives in Columbiana County raising sheep and horses with her husband, Kurt. She earned her degree from Youngstown State University and has worked in both print and broadcast journalism.
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