Those opposed to natural gas development have descended to a new low in soliciting petition signatures from people far outside areas that will see any development. First they looked to celebrities and now they seek help wherever they can find it, including foreign nations. When will they take the hint that they are in the minority?
A couple months ago during a the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) scoping hearing on the Constitution Pipeline I spoke as a Pennsylvania resident in favor of the pipeline project. I felt shale gas developed in Northeast Pennsylvania, where I lived and worked, needed to be brought to market. A few people in attendance at the same meeting who happened to have different views did not appreciate what I had to say about the project, not even a little bit. They started a petition and included my contact information on it, resulting in me receiving an email everytime someone signed it. Talk about feeling important!
Guess what? A majority of signers on this petition were from areas not even remotely likely to see any impacts whatsoever from the development of this pipeline. Many probably couldn?t find it on the map and I doubt if some signers had ever heard of places such as Afton, Cobleskill or Oneonta where hearings took place. I let this fact go and decided not to pursue anything with it, until now.