It seems to be an ugly issue affecting a lot of people. From oil and gas companies to landowners, everyone seems to be letting greed cloud their judgement and rule their decisions.
Is there something bugging you?
When an individual or company does what they consider to be in their best financial interests, those actions are often seen to be driven by Greed by those jealous of the good fortune or financial acumen of the individual or company.
Envy is a very ugly emotion.
I don't see it as a greed issue, it's just a business transaction. The landowners want to get what they consider to be a good price for the product they own and the O & G companies want to pay the least they have to so their profits are higher.
It seems like pure economics to me.
Greed or NEED?
Joshua, It would help to know if you live in an urbanized or rural area before some answers are given as to why, as you put it, "greed", appears to be a motive on our part.
RE: "Greed is one who lives off the backs of hard working tax paying Americans."
Glad to hear that.
As my Family hopes to eventually benefit from the potential royalties from land that our hard working tax paying American family have been farming and paying taxes on for more that 70 years - I am glad that we do not qualify under your definition of "Greedy".
Although we have only owned our present farm land for these few years, our ancestors have been farming in PA since arriving in America in 1691.
Also, those tax paying Companies that have worked hard to extract oil and Gas (while paying taxes and reducing America's need for imported oil) do not (likewise) seem to meet your definition of Greed.
I do not see rampant greed out there, but I do see a lot of envy out there from those who have not tied themselves to the land (those who have not intertwined themselves with the land).
A lot of Urban dwellers (like the sewer rats that share their domain) are not capable of understanding the attachment a farmer has to the land his family has farmed (often for multiple generations, often for multiple centuries). It is hard for the urban dwellers to appreciate how a farmer can know and love every square inch of several hundred acres.
What difference does living in an urban or rural area matter? Look at the Buell Well postings on this site. That is in a rural area. Greed seems to be at work in that situation.
Just what is your point, I dont get it.
RE: "What difference does living in an urban or rural area matter?"
If you are "urban"; you likely obtain all your information on the development of the Marcellus and Utica secondhand or thirdhand from dubious sources.
If you are "rural', you have the opportunity to observe first hand and learn and share.
If you are "urban"; you likely have no "skin in the game" - no economic interest and no meaningful knowledge.
If you are "rural', you may well have "skin in the game" and seek out facts rather than "urban legend.
If you are "rural', you likely know individuals involved and benefiting from the exploitation of natural gas.
If you are "urban", you likely have nothing to contribute to this forum - you are likely a source of misinformation.
If you are "rural", you quite likely have something to contribute to this forum - you are likely a source of information.
It makes a great deal of difference whether you are "urban" or "rural".
It's time to stop this conversation.
Why is it time to stop this conversation?