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The glass is half full

September 15, 2013

The glass is half empty. No, the glass is half full. Humans are a curious thing. When given facts there are some that will question even the most irrefutable of fact....

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Sep-15-13 6:28 AM

Great LTE!

Unfortunately, like a racist, the anti-domestic energy crowd will continue to allow their hate to cloud their view of any facts.

After all, facts are irrelevant to the nefarious agenda of the anti-domestic energy people.

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Sep-15-13 7:01 AM

The unemployment rate in Williams County ND has been <1% for over the past year. Thank you Bakken shale.

"Oil Patch looks for international labor",DICKINSON, N.D. — In order to fill in the gaps in workers brought on by challenges by the western North Dakota's oil boom, some area businesses have been looking overseas for help. - The Jamestown Sun

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Sep-15-13 8:20 AM

Going to teach 3's/4's in their Sunday School class this morning; maybe I will read this nice letter to them to show them how good natural gas drilling is. :-)

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Sep-15-13 8:41 AM

Yet the letter did ot present facts just opinions that are positives even though he stated there is negatives. The gas companies are only going to promote the positives and deny any negatives. The pro gas people are going to keep ignoring all of the negatives.

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Sep-15-13 9:23 AM

Obviously this letter writer missed the article in this newspaper on Sept. 12, 2013.

Titled, "Company accused of dumping Waste Water".

The state Attorney General's office has charged an energy company with allegedly dumping more than 50,000 gallons of drilling waste water on the ground in Hughesville, Pa.

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Sep-15-13 10:42 AM


First, the charges are alleged. Not proven.

Second, the gas-related company is cooperating with the investigation.

I don't see the problem.

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Sep-15-13 11:09 AM

It's interesting that you would say that erik considering XTO is one of the top 10 violators of this state.

They have 212 active wells, with 179 violations incurring by just 25 wells.

Penn Township has endured one of the highest numbers of drilling violations than any other municipality in the State.

So I would say that there is a problem.

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Sep-15-13 5:05 PM


Do you follow OSHA violations by local companies?

I think you would be shocked.

A violation does not mean something nefarious is taking place.

In fact, the industry self-reports about 90%+ of all violations.

Maybe you need to get educated more before having this apprehensive attitude.

Go and visit the companies when they have an public event. Go talk to local DEP officials.

Don't rely on whatever sources you have now, because they are steering you wrong.

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Sep-15-13 6:12 PM

Erik, I don't need to visit any company when they are having a public event, I have a brother who works in the oil industry and I have dealt with both industries for over 20 years.

As far as the local DEP I had a conversation with them on Sept. 10th before I headed back to Florida about a situation where we use to live.

You and I will never see eye to eye on this because I have witnessed to many "accidents" that have occurred with these industries while I lived in Wyoming and in Texas, remember I am not from Williamsport.

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Sep-16-13 9:24 AM

Hate to tell you Chris but I am very educated on the gas industry and the gas is not going to stay here, it is going oversees just as soon as the infrastructure is built...gas prices will come down for a little while and then once the gas hits the open market, the prices will go as high as the gas industry can get for the product. Tell me why the gas industry will not post all of the chemicals used in the drilling process? Tell me why they hide their facilities at the tops of the mountains behind the tree lines? Tell me why the people they bring into the area are truly gasholes at their finest? Until people of this area are truly educated about the gas industry, you will buy into the propaganda and they hire people like be their gas industry cheerleader. People think for yourselves and don't just read the propaganda articles and buy into it. Check out what this industry did out West and how those poor people are suffering now.

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Sep-16-13 9:26 AM

and as for DEP, what a joke...they have no idea what the gas industry is doing to the area, and I have had numerous conversations with the Susquehanna River Basin Commission about water withdrawal and that is a joke as well...they tell me that "unfortunately many permits were issued without any limitations on water withdrawa if the water levels get too low" so what we now have are many companies being allowed to withdrawal water even though the River and Creeks in the area are at their lowest levels ever.

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Oct-07-13 4:16 PM

There is a locally owned company who not only knows every chemical used, but has the knowledge to precipitate them out and produce fresh water from frac or produced water from the gas industry. It GIVES the fresh water back to the "frac" companies or puts it back into the river with the regulation and blessing of DEP and our local WMWA. There is no reason for a purposeful dump of waste water. There will always be those few who make a bad name for the many.

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Oct-07-13 4:26 PM

The Shale Insight Conference in Philadelphia was held Sept.26th. Some contributing were scientist, engineers, chemists, businessmen, DEP, EPA, environmentalist and "gas companies". Those working and researching to responsibly develop our natural resources were sharing insightful panel discussions, high-powered networking sessions, and impactful keynote presentations.

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Oct-07-13 4:26 PM

I don't suppose we will ever stop hearing the bad news associated with ANY

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Oct-07-13 4:33 PM

Unfortunately, the media profits on bad news and even if they report wrong or misinformation it is rarely retracted or the retraction is buried so deep many don't see it. Thank you, Erik for your insight into OSHA. They issue fines for having the wrong color ladders.

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