My Commonwealth Foundation colleague Nathan Benefield calls attention to what was a potential showdown over hotel rooms between those frackin’ Marcellus Shale natural gas explorers from outside of Pennsylvania, and the tourists who will soon be heading to Williamsport for the Little League World Series. A taxpayer-funded anti-gas industry newsletter published by the state’s Department of Environmental Protection whined that the frackers were hogging all the rooms, but it turns out — as reported by the slightly more reputable Philadelphia Inquirer — that the gas men (one room for you, nineteen for me?) are willingly making way for the LLWS visitors:
The hotels’ management made arrangements for about 100 gas workers to stay at its Wilkes-Barre site about 80 miles away. Others took vacation, she said.
“Almost everybody’s been really supportive,” [said Jennifer Locey, vice president of operations for the Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Williamsport].
Kristi Gittins, a spokeswoman for Chief Oil & Gas, a Texas company that has been housing many of its employees in the Holiday Inn and the Hampton Inn, said many workers had already set up permanent residence in the area but that it still has workers “coming in and out” who had to find different lodging out of town.
“Little League is such a wonderful event for the entire area,” said Gittins. “It’s a temporary inconvenience for workers. We didn’t give moving a second thought.”
Leave it to government propagandists to not let the facts get in the way of effective demonization.