Latest Shale Gas Roundup Newsletter Available

December 17th, 2014 Comments off

20110801_190Latest edition of Shale Gas Roundup is now available. It’s the quarterly newsletter of the Potter County Natural Gas Task Force and features timely, locally relevant news about shale gas development and related topics, Among highlights of this edition:

  • Reports on significant Utica Shale developments affecting Potter County.
  • Potter County part of massive Northeast pipeline.
  • Steps being taken to protect Potter County’s water resources.
  • Prominent speaker coming for local public meeting.
  • Major LNG hub established in Potter County.

To access the January-March 2015 edition as well as all past editions, visit the website (newsletter icon is found on the cover page). Copies are also available at the Commissioners Office in the Gunzburger Building (first office on right inside Main Street entrance), or by contacting Dawn Swatsworth at 814-274-8290, extension 207.

Public Encouraged To Support Holiday Drive

December 12th, 2014 Comments off

food pantryteacherpetrescueCollection bins have been placed in the lobbies at the Gunzburger Building and the Courthouse in Coudersport for a holiday charity drive being conducted by the Potter County employees’ union. Members of the public are encouraged to support the drive, which will directly benefit food banks in Potter County and Teacher’s Pet Rescue. Non-perishable items are needed for the food banks. Donors are asked to check expiration dates on the merchandise to assure that no outdated items are included. For the pet shelter, items that are needed include: leashes, canned dog food, stainless feeding dishes (no plastic), paper towels, bleach, dog biscuits, dish soap and disinfectant wipes.

Historical Society Asks: ‘Who Are These People?’

December 6th, 2014 Comments off


A collection of photographs at the Potter County Historical Society museum in Coudersport has been shrouded in mystery for a matter of decades. Today, the organization is turning to social media, its quarterly newsletter and other communications tools in an effort to shed some light on these archival pictures. They depict dozens of people — many of them either Potter County residents or people connected to local families — who remain unidentified after all these years. Certain clues are available. For instance, the group photograph here is a Coudersport family. The pensive girl with long, flowing hair is a total mystery.

oct18mysterygirlAt least a dozen portrait photographers offered their services at around the turn of the century. Galeton, Cross Fork, Hector, Oswayo, Austin, Coudersport, Roulette and Shinglehouse all advertised portrait photography in a gallery setting with full darkroom techniques available. A number of the studios were on the upper floors of buildings to take advantage of skylights and salon windows. Some pictures in the collection come from the E. H. Kimball studio that operated in Coudersport and Austin prior to 1911. Others are from Gallagher, Bliss and Lynde, among others.

Members of the public are encouraged to view a sampling of the photographs on the Potter County website, (click on “Who Are These People” on the site’s landing page). Those pictures and many others are on display at the Historical Society useum on North Main Street.

Where Does Potter County Stand In Shale Gas Frenzy?

December 5th, 2014 Comments off


The numbers speak loudly on Pennsylvania’s emerging role as a world leader in natural gas production. Statistics that will be released in early 2015 are expected to confirm that the Keystone State is producing enough gas to satisfy about 16 percent of annual demand for the United States.

Where does Potter County stand in the picture? Entering 2015, God’s Country is far on the periphery of the gas-drilling boom. That could change in the next few years, as energy companies have been laying the groundwork for what could be a frenzy of activity. Much of it is based on encouraging returns they’ve reported on deep drilling into a formation known as Utica Shale. While Marcellus Shale has been grabbing the headlines and fueling much of Pennsylvania’s rapid production growth, the Utica layer underlying Marcellus — upwards of three miles below ground — might be even more production in Potter and Tioga counties.

Entering the second half of 2014, six counties had established themselves as the heavyweights in active shale gas wells: Bradford, 1,071; Washington, 1,014; Susquehanna, 957; Lycoming, 788; Greene, 729; and Tioga, 640.

In the second tier were Butler, 277; Westmoreland, 247; Fayette, 241; Wyoming, 214. Far down on the list are McKean, 60; Elk, 46; Potter, 38; and Cameron, 32.

Statewide, if companies continue the current pace, Pennsylvania is on track to produce 4 trillion cubic feet this year. The production figures keep surpassing expectations, even among people who closely watch the industry. “The drilling activity is going down, but we’re seeing a lot more well completions and the pipeline capacity is increasing,” says Matt Henderson of Penn State University’s Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research. “It’s hard to say when it’s going to stop.”

The U.S. Energy Information Administration also tracks gas production in the Marcellus Shale region, which includes Pennsylvania and West Virginia. “As far as individual formations go, it’s producing the most natural gas in the United States,” says EIA research analyst Sam Gorgen. “We haven’t seen any monthly declines recently, so you get that record production every month.”

Companies with the most active shale gas wells in Pennsylvania are: Range Resources, 865; Chesapeake, 453; Swepi LP, 443; Cabot, 434; EQT, 394; Chevron, 355; Anadarko, 338; Southwestern, 316; CNX, 276.

Long-Overdue Memorial For Local War Casualty

December 4th, 2014 Comments off


Members of Army Private Edwin F. Tubbs’ family gathered in front of Coudersport’s Chestnut Street Bridge for a dedication ceremony that included the unveiling of two roadside signs bearing the span’s new name. A project of the Potter County Commissioners and the Potter County Veterans Affairs Department that started more than a year ago culminated in Tuesday’s ceremony at the bridge and inside the adjacent Calvary Baptist Church social hall. Pvt. Tubbs was killed by small-arms enemy fire in January 1969 while serving in South Vietnam. Details of his battlefield heroism were shared during Tuesday’s program. Among those attending were State Senator Joe Scarnati and State Representative Martin Causer, who shepherded legislation through the Pa. General Assembly to rename the bridge. Pvt. Tubbs brother, Russell Tubbs (far right), and his sister, Laura Hemphill (fourth from right) were among family members attending. (Photo by Curt Weinhold)

Galeton, Pike Township Now In 68th District

December 2nd, 2014 Comments off

reapportionmentPotter County has been split into two legislative districts, effective Dec. 1, 2014, under a reapportionment plan. Two municipalities in eastern Potter County became part of the 68th District (in green), which currently includes Tioga County and the western section of Bradford County and is represented by Republican Matt Baker. Affected municipalities are Galeton Borough and Pike Township. The rest of Potter County remains in the 67th District (in blue), represented by Republican Martin Causer. Both Baker and Causer were recently re-elected to two-year terms that begin next month. All of Potter County remains part of the 25th Senatorial District, represented by Republican Joe Scarnati. Changes are the result of the 2010 U.S. Census. Each of the state’s 203 House members represents just more than 60,000 residents. With Pennsylvania’s population increase, a House member now will represent more than 62,000 people.