Today, Doug McLinko, America’s Counties for Energy Independence (ACEI) Chairman and Bradford County Commissioner, spoke at the Independent Oil & Gas Association of New York’s 33rd Annual Meeting in Buffalo, NY.
Commissioner McLinko participated in a panel discussion entitled “Caught In The Crosshairs – An Interactive Discussion with Industry, Government & Landowners.” Speaking to a full room of energy interests ranging from landowners to service companies to E&P companies, McLinko described Bradford County’s experience with shale gas development and gave an overview of ACEI.
Commenting on natural gas development in Bradford County, McLinko explained that the county leads the state in total number of natural gas permits issued, and is the highest producing natural gas county in the Commonwealth.
McLinko also spoke to the importance of getting natural gas to market, and noted that Bradford County contains approximately 130 miles of interstate gas lines such as Tennessee and Central New York Oil & Gas and approximately 600 miles of built gathering lines. Companies have established over twenty (20) compressor stations to transfer natural gas to east coast markets.
“Our county’s experience with natural gas development, and the resulting economic prosperity, is what led us to join America’s Counties for Energy Independence,” said McLinko. He commented that the advantages of energy development go past exploration and production. Citing a forthcoming natural gas combined cycle power plant and natural gas vehicles now in Bradford County, McLinko championed the opportunities to use more domestic energy as opposed to relying on other countries.