Spending time in PA last week it was interesting to see the impact of drilling the Marcellus Shale. There were growing businesses, activity in the small towns, booked hotels and generally a feeling of prosperity. The active drilling sites had less of an impact (lights, noise etc) than a single mini-market.
"The engine is the heart of an aeroplane, but the pilot is its soul."
- Sir Walter Raleigh http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Raleigh_%28professor%29 The other Walter http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Raleigh
These pics are from a while back.