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Local man concerned about water quality, drilling in Rock Run

May 13, 2013

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May-13-13 7:00 AM

Interesting. One of those "I told you so" moments.

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May-13-13 7:12 AM

As far as the Gas Line Industries are concerned my take on that is pretty simple..

Go back to F'in Texas where you came from, no one wants any of you here.

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May-13-13 7:52 AM

Wwhickok, wasnt the first well the drake oil well of titusville pa in 1859. Texas didnt start drilling until 1901. So they just went back to f'n pennsylvania.

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May-13-13 8:37 AM

Sounds like this guy gets upset when they shut down roads due to an accident. How dare someone interrupt his schedule?

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May-13-13 10:40 AM

The full devastation wrought by the gas industry on the ecological balance of this region will not be seen for decades. By that time, those who have profited will be long gone and those who remain will suffer the consequences of compromised water and air quality, forest fragmentation, invasive species, toxic soil and food supply, human health, and more. The list is endless, and sadly typical when wealth is privatized and costs socialized. If we were to truly do this right, the gas under our feet could be extracted in moderation for years, serving as a true bridge to a sustainable future. As it stands now, profiteers will frack the methane out of the ground with warp speed and ship most of it to China. Clean American fuel? What a joke!

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May-13-13 10:52 AM

This area is in the process of being completely raped and pillaged by another industry that, regardless of what they individually say, has no interest in anything but profit at any cost. They get the profit, we pay the cost. Who will be here to live with the destruction after the gas is gone? We will, and by that time the industry will have moved on to the next source of energy that they can plunder at the expense of another group of citizens. John is just pointing out some of the issues that concern him, there are many more that the short sighted profiteers would love to keep hidden. Let's expose this criminal behavior and stop it!

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May-13-13 10:59 AM

It may be the case that the full devastation of ANADARKO'S reckless profiteering will not be seen for decades, but are we so daft--are we so short-sighted and willfully ignorant that we will do nothing but decry ""disappointment"all the while we do nothing? THAT is what they count on. THAT is how they laugh at us. THAT is how they extract not only gas but acquiescence. WE should be ashamed.

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May-13-13 11:18 AM

Here is the truth about Rock Run--or any of these last vestiges of the wild anywhere: A people who are willing to concede to the rape of their forests, their water, the very air they must breathe--their collective treasure--deserve no say at all in that plunder. What life can there be for a democracy when the people care nothing for the very conditions of its possibility? When the essential symbols of that union become the industrialized fodder of export profiteers? To choke the Spring leaves is to suffocate the forest. To suffocate the forest is to forfeit its future.

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May-13-13 12:15 PM

BobLaw, if you're referring to me, um...the Gas Industry isn't screwing up my schedule. Just the entire Region's cost of living and job market.

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May-13-13 12:44 PM

Screwing up the job market? You're right. jobs that pay above the prevailing wage are really screwing up the job market. Creating jobs in construction and housing to expand for the influx of people is really hurting our local economy. The gas industry has revived this areas once stagnant economy. As for your "go back to F'in Texas" comment, I'm sure the hotel and restaurant owners in town really don't want them here either. Lets not forget the car dealerships and repair shops that loathe all the business coming in. All the local CDL drivers and welders must really hate all this work to.

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May-13-13 12:53 PM

Hey rick, I wonder if this guy and his friends will be put on the "T" list like you and I. LOL!!!

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May-13-13 1:01 PM

No matter what the short-term financial gains might be, the industrialization of OUR STATE LANDS can never be worth it. These pristine and sensitive areas are worth more financially to the state, and will only become more valuable if left intact. The sensitive ecological balance, the aesthetic beauty, the clean water, scenic overlooks, native plants and wildlife will all become changed and compromised in a negative way. All that has brought hundreds of tourists from across the country and from around the world to this area, along with literally billions in sustainable revenue will be gone. The DCNR is way out of line on even considering to allow this... and doing this without open public hearings and making back-room deals, clearly demonstrates the corruption that this industry has infected our local and state government with. The people of PA should be outraged at the wholesale selling off of OUR STATE LANDS!

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May-13-13 3:32 PM

Give it up Bobbie, you are in the minority on this thread. unless you have something useful to add, go peddle you wares somewhere else

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May-13-13 9:06 PM


Have you stopped polluting yet?

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May-13-13 9:08 PM

Too bad you can't camp at rock run due too the negligence of a few pigs littering it up long before big gas got here

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May-13-13 9:12 PM

I wish all those hikers would stop urinating on the ground in the woods and polluting the water supply.

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May-13-13 9:17 PM

Dust on the plants.....

So how much was from Nicholson and his friends driving up the road??

Seriously, it will wash off in the next rain.

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May-13-13 10:14 PM

"Have you stopped polluting yet"

What is your point other than being stupid. What we should pollute more? That argument is old and lame and proves nothing.

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May-14-13 6:00 AM

"What is your point other than being stupid. What we should pollute more? That argument is old and lame and proves nothing."

You point your finger at others blaming them on polluting and you are doing the same yourself. I don't condemn you for driving your car while having CO2, NOx, and VOC emissions; I don't blame you for using electricity, etc. I just point out your hypocracy.

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May-14-13 9:20 AM

Tourism or Fracking. You can't have both.

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May-15-13 10:22 PM

Wendy, the OP was no where near rock run and "ANADARKO" has nothing to do with where he was. If you were actually "LOCAL" and knew about the area and industry, you would know the area he was referring to and which O&G company to demonize.

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