Pennsylvania's Department of Labor and Industry
reports that Marcellus drilling:
n Has created 72,000 jobs,
n That the average wage is about $73,000, and
n That 857 oil and gas companies paid $238 million in taxes in the first quarter of this year — $20 million more than the total for 2010.
"And all of this with no evidence of significant environmental harm," the Journal said.
"Then there's New York."
Indeed. People in Broome County, N.Y., can look across their border with Pennsylvania and see the benefits they are not getting because of economically suicidal state policy.
West Virginians love their lush green state, and their concerns about its environment are understandable.
But given Pennsylvania's experience — no evidence of significant environmental harm — state residents should weigh the alarmists' warnings carefully.
West Virginians do not love being 49th in per capita income, and they have a chance to change that.