Past development experience could help present
Years ago Mercer County experienced a wave of new development that had the coal industry and residents working to try to find compromises that would benefit everyone. Now, with the oil patch creeping closer on the horizon, those experiences from the past could help usher in safer oil development likely in the county’s future.
Gilbert Ost was a leading voice when coal industry development sprang up in the area decades ago. He said that one main difference between coal and oil developments was the timeline.