BALTIC, Ohio – Amish communities in Ohio and Pennsylvania are debating a temptation — the large cash royalties that can come with the boom in oil and gas drilling, or fracking.
Jerry Schlabach (SHLAH'-bahk) is an Amish resident of Berlin, Ohio. He says that just as with any other community big money can bring spiritual corruption. He says that if the Amish use the wealth wisely, the drilling boom could be a positive thing.
Historian Donald B. Kraybill says some Amish accept drilling because they have a strong sense of God's creation, and that includes oil and natural gas. He says that if the Amish can find ways to capitalize on such resources, they don't see a problem with that.