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Meeting on drilling on public land June 3 follows private meetings on Loyalsock drilling

May 25, 2013

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will hold a public meeting to discuss Marcellus Shale issues surrounding the Loyalsock State Forest from 4 to 6 p.m....

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May-26-13 12:43 PM

If you do not own the mineral rights under your land you basically have no protection. Apparently many don't understand this until it is too late. A bad situation that needs fixed. Now with this rock run thing. I believe the state sold the mineral rights. Again another stupid thing.

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May-26-13 10:16 AM

How do you think the PUBLIC LANDS were established? Timber barons gave the surface to the State. Majority kept the subsurface rights. This has been going on since 1859 when oil was discoverrd in Titusville, PA Majority of protestors do not understand DCNR doesnt have a say if their lands will be drilled. Private landowners have many options of protecting themselves.

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May-26-13 8:37 AM

And that needs changed. If you do not own the mineral rights you basically have no rights to your surface land. Worse thing anyone can do is buy property without the mineral rights. There have been several homes sold out where I live (lived :-)) that did sell with the mineral rights, All I can say is you are stupid to do so.

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May-26-13 8:24 AM

The point you are all missing, the State does not own all of their subsurface rights. Subsurface rights is the dominant estate. The owners of subsurface have the right to extract the oil, gas, mineral...

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May-26-13 7:17 AM

If there wasn't so many Newt lovers up there, you should align with OCCUPY and protest, protest, protest. Big money (U.S. Rubber) took Little League across the river, don't let big money win this one. If they do, there is no one to blame but yourselves.

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May-25-13 9:33 AM

If they drill on PUBLIC land, then the PUBLIC should share in the royality payments. After all, when the bills come due, the public pays them via TAXES.

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May-25-13 9:12 AM

Im all for drilling in loyalsock forest, but just to let you know the public land comment is exactly how these companies were able to drill on public land in wyoming because, it is exactly that land held for the use of the public and these companies are entities that can use it for public use in a way they deem fit, your arguements are nothing new at this point they became experts in argueing against your arguements.

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May-25-13 8:58 AM

Please attend this meeting. Tell Sec. Allen this should be the first of many meetings held across the state in each forest district. It SHOULD NOT be the conclusion for this important issue. Ask for a 90 day public comment period because DCNR refuses to be open with the public about the specific facts of the negotiations on the proposed surface agreement. This is PUBLIC LAND. Please attend the meeting and ask Questions.

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