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Rock Run drilling still a big question

March 24, 2013

RALSTON — Drilling for natural gas in the Rock Run area of McIntyre Township still may happen. Then again, maybe no....

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Aug-20-13 2:11 PM

Why haven't we tax paying citizens of PA seen any rewards from all the lease monies already paid for the state land that was leased for over $4000 per acre? Why haven't our taxes been decreased from rendells promised gaming revenue?

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Mar-25-13 2:28 PM

I understand that leases have expiration dates and that work must begin prior to the expiration date BUT... 1) If the technology is improving SO quickly and 2) the gas is worth nearly nothing now and 3) the citizens are receiving no benefit from the drilling of our resources;

I propose that gas drilling on state land be stalled until we citizens see a real return on investment. Why can't the drillers wait until they can send laterals 15,000 feet and access all of the gas with near zero surface impact? Why drill now when perhaps in 50 years the gas will be worth 10-20 times more than today? Where is the royalty money for drilling under DCNR land anyhow? Why is the governor in such haste to sell off commonwealth assets when the GAS ISN'T GOING ANYWHERE? Gas can't run away while we slow down and decide what's best.

My rhetorical questions will go unanswered. The real answer is simple. A money grab of a common resource for a bright energy independent future!

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Mar-24-13 8:55 PM

IF this is all so safe, doesn't hurt the enviroment, doesn't destroy the beauty around it, and benefits the citizens of the US, they why don't the put a gas well pad on the White House lawn?

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Mar-24-13 1:04 PM


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Mar-24-13 12:10 PM

oh its all about the money.. it doesnt matter if its state game land or not. if theres money offered, enough money. they do not care what naturalists want.. if dcnr has the rights to this place, and we the people want it kept that way, it should stay that way NO DRILLING.. go drill somewhere else.

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Mar-24-13 11:13 AM

rick, The DCNR has legal rights to stop or minimize any development in Rock Run, and no one is going to benefit from this if it is left up to the Corbett Administration except the Gas Industry. Remember Politics and Money.

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Mar-24-13 10:37 AM

The industry was welcomed by the politicians and most of the people in this area. They should have been stopped them back then, they now have their tentacles latched. I am still waiting on how the state will benefit on this since 50% of the mineral rights are owned by an out of state company.

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Mar-24-13 10:07 AM

Just once the State must say, "Any place, but not this place." "Not here, Not now, Not ever." Can we realize that this area is so special, that it must not be violated. Is money and greed so powerful that we can't save just one place? If we can't save something as beautiful as Rock Run, then give up. You won't be able to save any place after that.

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Mar-24-13 8:19 AM

Does anyone else find it disturbing the township is not aware of what is going on in their own township? And you want us to trust this industry. And Bornhere is correct, this company does not follow rules.

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Mar-24-13 8:12 AM

If the DCNR strictly limit or prohibit surface disturbances within forest, watersheds etc, these "backroom negotiations" should not even be being discussed.

The DEP has a list of violations that suggest Anadarko Petroleum has problems following the rules established to protect us.

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Mar-24-13 7:42 AM


Trust me......there is gas there!

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Mar-24-13 7:41 AM

They own 50% of the mineral rights. I think the DCNR is doing a good job keeping them out. So an out of state company owns the mineral rights? Just how is the state going to benefit on this?

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Mar-24-13 7:19 AM

Trust me if there is gas, THEY WILL "DRILL"!

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