Reality check: Even if you want to leave PA, it’s going to be difficult. Unless you’re independently wealthy, I wish you good luck trying to sell your home that sits on leased land. The banks realize it’s too risky of an investment to mortgage a home that is leased for oil and gas development. PA’s banks, evidently, are run by humans more wise than the Harrisburg Bulldogs who run Pennsylvania itself.
Our state government is content to purposefully disacknowledge the inherent risks of unconventional shale gas development (“fracking”), but the banks recognize the risks. The banks, remember, are just coming out of one of their darkest moments– so, they’re going to play it safe.
Once again, we’re talking money here. The banks don’t want to lose money. There is no emotional or even environmental argument being made here. The reasons on which the banks base their risk analysis are informed by science. I’m not aware of too many emotional, phony hysteria-prone bankers these days. I think many of them were weeded-out after the last mortgage/housing debacle. Those that are left are probably running a red flag up the side of the drilling rig, too.
Nobody wants to take the risk… except the Harrisburg Bulldogs.
But, of course, the Bulldogs have nothing to lose. Insulated in Harrisburg, it’s not their health, their safety, or their mortgage that is in jeopardy, now is it?