New York state is nearing the end of its ridiculous four year moratorium on natural gas development. Four years of depriving its residents of access to their Marcellus gas, while painfully subjecting them to watching their neighbors just across the border enjoy the great benefits of harvesting theirs. It?s excellent news for just about everyone who isn?t a ?fractivist?. But as the situation becomes more dire for these anti-drilling extremists, so too are their actions.
The writing is now on the wall, in BIG. BOLD. LETTERS. Natural gas development is coming to New York, bringing with it desperate times for anti natural gas activists. New York is their last bastion of deception. A state with most of its population residing in major cities far away from the gas fields, where it?s easy to hoodwink an unknowing populace into believing the benefits of gas are too far away to benefit them, and that negative impacts will show up right at their kitchen faucets. It?s the only place (that actually has gas) where their ?ban drilling? mantra has gained traction. Now, its slipping away. Their false narrative has failed and, as desperate people tend to do, they?ve turned to desperate measures, and they?re shipping in professional protestors from around the country to help.
Having no rigs to protest in the empire state, these out of state activists descended this week on Clearfield County, Pa., not at all far from my backyard. In a futile attempt to disrupt drilling operations (and garner media attention for themselves), a small group of a few dozen protestors piled up debris on an EQT access road and hung themselves up in trees in such a fashion that if a truck came through, it would cause them to come cascading back down to earth, from 75 feet up, most likely to their deaths.
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