"wow! beautiful! All those trucks and rigs, cement and tarmac over what was formerly a nasty field with wildflowers, birds nests and grass/ keep me comin' guys! let's make the entire state of Pa paved over with a drill rig…"
"FYI people: we still live in a democracy/the capitol police committed a crime against First Amendment right to attend a public hearing on gas fracking, which in case you haven't noticed operates in Pa with little or environmental controls, nor…"
"Do not trust any gas drilling company. I repeat, do not trust any gas drilling company. Look at the record of what they do. Get a really good, really expensive lawyer because if you are foolish enough to give away your land to…"
"I simply disagree with your post on a variety of levels. Some companies do sell portions of their production via midstreams to foreign entities, but that is also true of almost every mid size company with any product what so ever. …"
If you have not yet figured out that the gas companies are out for their own profit and that of the shareholders, I honestly feel sorry for you. First of all, they lease land say at 2500 an acre, then turn around and lease to to foreign companies from places such as Norway, China and India for $11,000 an acre. Then they sell the gas overseas. The billions of gallons of water used, mixed with saline and stolen from rivers and creeks, along with billions of gallons of carcinogenic chemicals is…See More
"Question: what is the gas industry doing to promote alternative energy sources for when the gas runs out? Which it will very shortly , coupled with the fact that most of it is being sold overseas to places like China. Burning gas…"
Gas doesn't migrate through shale, thats why they have to frack it in the first place. They frack the bottom 500', yet there is still another 6000-7000' of impermeable unfracked rock above it. Gas and liquids can not travel through this unfracked rock. So, how do you respond to that? How can you explain these liquids are getting into these water supplies from the subsurface? I'm guessing you're response will be along the lines of "I don't know how it happens but it does". The truth is, these gasses and liquids dont migrate upwards into the water supply. Your side needs to get it's story straight so people can at least debate with you. Is it coming from surface contamination? Or subsurface contimination? Explain what you think is actually happening so we can understand what you are complaining about. Right now it is just a scatterbrained shotgun approach to bash the process. So, explain to me where the root of the problem is which is leading to the "contamination". This response should be interesting - full of stories of the problems but no actual link to the specific problem other than "fracking is bad".
You won't be missed on this site. Please leave as you've said you would do for the past 3 months it looks like. I've read through your posts and they are all fairly amusing. I've come across some ridiculous greenies in my lifetime, but you are by far the least educated and most biased.
The fact that your well is polluted is very unfortunate and I am sorry for you. However, there is no proof that it was caused by fracking. The State has said that the well casing was not installed properly and gas migrated to the wells. I think that the culprit (Cabot) should be required to somehow provide remediation for all affected property owners.
By the same token, for you to fight against my rights to have drilling done on my land in a manner that I feel is safe is simply not right. In fact, it is unamerican.
1) You will never hear/see me defending Dick Cheney.
2)Hydrofracking was never covered by The Clean Water Act. To my way of thinking that means it was never exempted.
3) I never said that known carcinogens were not used in fracking.
4) The fact that we use them in the home (and often dump them down the drain) is not a moot point. It points out that we personally handle known carcinogens, yet complain about others doing it.
5) The chemicals going into and coming out of the ground are dangerous and need to be regulated, monitored, and perhaps banned if/when it is shown that they cause a problem. Unfounded fear does not equal proof.
Dear Carolyn, I am impressed with your voice and your perspective. You speak from the heart, with passion and eloquence. Around the broad topic of drilling and drilling techniques,there is too much hype, and not nearly enough straight talk. You are helping to balance the scale some. Thank you for that.
Read the Huffington post today, there is a piece on Dimock. I am not disregarding anyone's experience, I am telling you and all the readers what is happening three miles down the road from my property. Plain and simple: the facts. And no one has offered any solution to environmental damage that has already occurred in less than one year. To tell me that Cabot has problems does not reassure me. I bought that land to preserve some Pennsylvania countryside and I see it being ruined by greedy, short sighted speculators. Sorry, that makes me really angry. I have no personal agenda against Cabot but I DO have an issue with poisoned well, rivers, seismic trucks that ruin my Memorial Day holiday with their depth charges outside my front door. Those wells are not going to recover, not now or ever. I am thinking that this website is owned by Cabot because of the complete lack of discussion of environmental issues are which obviously there are many. To the leasers I say go ahead and lease it, but when you can;t drink the water or breathe the air, or when you have twenty wells on your property, don;t complain. Talk to Victoria Spitzer, the retired teacher out there in Dimock. I have no doubt she rues the day she leased her land to Cabot.
Carolyn -- I spent years working for the DEP -- I don't have to call them. I don't deny Cabot has problems -- there are companies like that in any industry -- just ask the bankers and investment firms. But you cannot paint every company in the industry with that brush. Not only is it not fair, its not accurrate. Many strive to be responsible beacuse its right and beacus not being so is quite expensive in this play, as Cabot is quickly learning. I've lived in Southwestern Pennsylvania my entire life, surrounded by the gas industry. When I worked at DEP Oil and Gas was the quietest bureau within the agency from a public affairs stand point, yet conventional wells were being drilled all around -- and being fraced. Why do you disregard the experience and understanding of people who have worked with oil and gas for years? DEP can tell you lots of other things that would show you that Cabot is in fact an exception to the compliance records of most drillers.
What makes this site so great? Well, I think it's the fact that, quite frankly, we all have a lot at stake in this thing they call shale. But beyond that, this site is made up of individuals who have worked hard for that little yard we call home. Or, that farm on which blood, sweat and tears have fallen.[ Read More ]