The following link is to a website from our local paper. http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/local/the_intelligencer/the_intelli...
The article is not as bad as the following comments however. Most comments are against drilling. I posted a comment to defend the process. I am not a gas person or anything. I am a school teacher who lives in Bucks County and has 25 acres in Bradford. I have done a ton of research on the process but am by no means an expert. As someone who has been through the leasing process and all that it entails, I felt I had a pretty good understanding of what is happening so I felt that I could make a rational, sound comment in favor of drilling. Well, they deleted my comment and the account associated with my comment was deleted as well so that I cannot post anymore to it. This is an absolute disgrace!! First there was the one-sided "Gasland" and now the press is surpressing comments from people who agree with the drilling and only keeping the comments that disagree. So much for rational discourse amoung citizens and the right to free and protected speech! It could be just a coincidence that my post was deleted but my entire account?? I think not.
This is a tough issue - It is difficult to be in the middle on this issue and it is difficult to have a message other than - no drilling in many local areas. I just do not understand where we are going to fine all this energy - Right now natural gas meets 20 +% of our energy usage.
Here is a simplified version of what the public is seeing and hearing:
I apologize for the cartoon and use it only to make the point that the prevalent anti-drilling sentiment one encounters primarily parrots the one-sided media orientation at this time.
Most who oppose drilling have their hearts in the right place, but aren't getting a full picture.
The alternative media of the Internet offers the best opportunity to get the word out. It would be a shame if it weren't exploited to the fullest extent possible in presenting the other side. --Tom
Funny, yet sad because it actually sums up the total of what most people know about the subject. They see hysterical news stories devoid of fact, hear about toxic happenings "somewhere" but get no actual information (which is the point after all, scare them but don't educate them).
Strangely, though the process has been happening for quite a long time right under the nose of most people, it never has been an issue until right now. Why is that? I think I know the answer and it is a combination of lawyers and money and opportunity. However, this lawsuit payday for the few will end up costing the country a LOT in the end.