Old tracks pass an abandoned building in Lansdale, PA. Photo by Sara Lee.

From Rust to Gold? Pennsylvania’s Keystone Opportunity Zones

From Michigan to Pennsylvania there’s a stretch of abandoned industrial buildings collecting rust. That’s why it’s called the rust belt. In an attempt to revive Pennsylvania’s corroding economy, the state government created the Keystone Opportunity Zones (KOZ) in 1998.

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Photo by Randy Frey.

Unemployment in the Big Woods

From 1950 to 2003, Pennsylvania lost more than 50% of its manufacturing jobs. That’s more than 1 million jobs—more than any other state in the country. The service and medical industries have replaced some of these jobs, but we still feel the impact. And we continue to lose more.

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At Moran’s waste transfer facility, drill cuttings from the natural gas industry

Jumping through Loopholes: Gas Drilling Waste Moves through Sunbury to Ohio

SUNBURY, PA — A Watsontown-based company that recently expanded into the natural gas industry is operating a waste-transfer site without state permits.

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Old tracks pass an abandoned building in Lansdale, PA. Photo by Sara Lee.
Photo by Randy Frey.
At Moran’s waste transfer facility, drill cuttings from the natural gas industry
From Rust to Gold? Pennsylvania’s Keystone Opportunity Zones
Old tracks pass an abandoned building in Lansdale, PA. Photo by Sara Lee.

From Michigan to Pennsylvania there’s a stretch of abandoned industrial buildings collecting rust. That’s why it’s called the rust belt. In an attempt to revive Pennsylvania’s corroding economy, the state government created the Keystone Opportunity Zones (KOZ) in 1998.

Unemployment in the Big Woods
Photo by Randy Frey.

From 1950 to 2003, Pennsylvania lost more than 50% of its manufacturing jobs. That’s more than 1 million jobs—more than any other state in the country. The service and medical industries have replaced some of these jobs, but we still feel the impact. And we continue to lose more.

The Water's Gone Bad
Craig Sautner, of Dimock, PA, showing off his drinking water.

Carter Road, in Dimock, Susquehanna County, has earned the nickname “ground zero,” as it gains fame in the natural gas controversy of Pennsylvania. Residents of Carter Road organized to file suit against Cabot Oil and Gas after 14 wells used for drinking water became undrinkable.

Jumping through Loopholes: Gas Drilling Waste Moves through Sunbury to Ohio
At Moran’s waste transfer facility, drill cuttings from the natural gas industry

SUNBURY, PA — A Watsontown-based company that recently expanded into the natural gas industry is operating a waste-transfer site without state permits.

When the Landmen Knock
Photo taken August, 2009 by Attorney Helen Slottje (Creative Commons)

During a March 12th water quality meeting for residents in Dimock, a gas industry representative admitted that his company, Cabot, hadn’t shared as much information as it could have with residents about the effects of drilling.

Roasting Pennsylvania: Sloppy Secondz’ YouTube Success
Sloppy Secondz Roasting Sunbury, PA

Three guys from Northumberland county don’t usually get too famous. Producing catchy YouTube videos did it for Sloppy Secondz. After making the hit, “Pennsylvania Guys”—a parody of Katy Perry’s “California Gurls”—Jason McGuigan of Shamokin said, “People get excited.