Friday, January 07, 2011

Potential Puns Proliferate

Otherwise without comment, though this may be the best Marcellus Shale economic impact story yet: Portable Restroom Business Boomed Thanks To Natural Gas Drilling.

OK, minimal comment.  I'll add that anything that is capable of getting the portable toilet business into headline news territory must indeed be huge. 

on a side note.  Don Barden not doing well.  http://www.freep.com/article/20110107/NEWS05/101070451

12 Comments:

Anonymous BrianTH said...

Love the portable restroom story--much better PR for the industry than my tales of local lawyers working on gas leases.

Friday, January 07, 2011 8:47:00 AM  
Blogger Bram Reichbaum said...

"Bishop stated that he is looking to hire more fulltime staff."

Oh my word.

It would be nice if we could track portable restroom business investment vs. permanent in-doors restroom leasing and new construction.

Friday, January 07, 2011 8:50:00 AM  
Anonymous The Wiz said...

I've been telling you and telling you about the multi-faceted impact on the economy this is having. Maybe now you'll believe me!

Friday, January 07, 2011 9:09:00 AM  
Anonymous MH said...

Some of the new ones have sinks, but I've never seen one with multiple faucets.

Friday, January 07, 2011 9:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And along the lines of portable toilets and Marcellus drilling, here's the next to last sentence of the NYT's upcoming Sunday magazine story on Girl Talk:

"It has grown into something absurdly bigger than Gillis ever dreamed. Something — his inner Pittsburgher, perhaps — keeps his focus not on the “big” but on the “absurd.” "

Friday, January 07, 2011 9:31:00 AM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

It was a funny conversation last year with a graduate student who didn't quite believe I did not know who Polish Hill's most famous resident was..

Friday, January 07, 2011 11:32:00 AM  
Anonymous BrianTH said...

The Wiz,

Pretty much everyone agrees with that much. The question is exactly how many such support jobs will really be created, and how much long-term economic benefit that will lead to.

Note I personally tend to agree that shale gas development will likely be quite good for the region's economy, provided we do some common sense things (like impose a reasonable extraction tax to help pay for regulating the industry and diversifying public investment in the local economy). But I can still recognize that the industry has a vested interest in painting a picture of a very large, but also very fragile, economic impact.

Friday, January 07, 2011 11:55:00 AM  
Anonymous MH said...

I don't know who the most famous resident of Polish Hill was either. But, I do enjoy treating the first word of the name as a verb.

Friday, January 07, 2011 12:56:00 PM  
Anonymous The Wiz said...

Brain TH; I was going along with the joke that portos would be the main economic indicator.

But here's another unforeseen one. During the fracing process, there may be 50 to 100 people on site. Most of these sites are very rural with no restaurants around so many drillers bring in caterers to feed the crews. Who would think that caterers would benefit?

Friday, January 07, 2011 1:21:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

I am wracking my brain to think of a study that has found either lawyer-based, or portable toilet-based, cluster agglomeration impacting regional growth. It may be beyond economics, which is amazing since everything has been studied by someone in economics.

Maybe there is a paper in it?

Friday, January 07, 2011 5:33:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

Maybe there is a paper in it?

Not when you really need it.

Friday, January 07, 2011 9:17:00 PM  
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