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Legislator: Drilling in state forest needs input

April 25, 2013

State Rep. Rick Mirabito, D-Williamsport, will hold a hearing of the Democratic Policy Committee at 2 p.m....

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Apr-26-13 3:34 PM

I cannot be at the meeting, because of when it has been scheduled. If feedback was really desired, the meeting should have been scheduled on an evening or weekend. I am strongly opposed to drilling in our beautiful state forests, and am disappointed that my input will not be heard. I hope that others that feel the way I do will be present and present a convincing case why drilling should be restricted. Although I have a substantial piece of land bordering state forest lands, I have given up the opportunity to make money (with a gas lease)in order to preserve the area for my posterity.

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Apr-25-13 1:26 PM

Let the drilling happen, let a few more people become well off in life from gas royalties, thd only people complaining about it are the people that dont get the big checks, look at the pine creek area a majority is unchanged, there are the same amount of pot holes in the rd that were there 10 years ago, and the water has not been contaminated, we need jobs in the area we need people to spend money and support the small economy in the area, and if gas drilling does it then lets do it.

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Apr-25-13 10:34 AM

Will this meeting include information that the Courts have said that the subsurface owner has the right to access there property? DCNR can only control how they access and even then only to a point. DCNR is charged with protecting the asset which is what they have been trying to do. Unfortunately, simply saying you can drill is not and I repeat not an option.

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Apr-25-13 9:01 AM

If he really wanted public input he would have scheduled the meeting in the evening when most people could attend....what does that tell you?

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Apr-25-13 8:45 AM

Tedeaux, this is a public meeting concerning public lands of the Commonwealth of Pa. That means ALL residents have an equal stake in the issue. Thank you Rep. Mirabito for organizing this hearing. Will Sen. Yaw be going in on the conversation?

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Apr-25-13 8:19 AM

Under Section XVI, of the Pennsylvania Declaration of Rights it says' "People have the RIGHT to assemble together, to consult for their common good, to instruct their representatives, and to apply to legislature for redress of grievances, by address, petition or remonstrance.

The people of this State have "The Right" to have their voices heard, not just a handful of people and the gas industry behind closed doors.

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Apr-25-13 8:19 AM

Tedeaux - I agree, but this is a good first step to get the peoples opinion. If the people show up with facyts and not just emotional outbursts and there is good news coverage from local and not so local sources on the jist of the meeting, this may, although I have my doubts, be a good thing.

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Apr-25-13 7:42 AM

Little to late for Pine Creek Valley and the surrounding mountains!

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Apr-25-13 7:18 AM

Will there be a moderator?


Will she/he factcheck the speakers (from either side) or will this be a free-for-all?

What is the goal of this meeting?

Are they trying to find "consensus" or is this a stage for everyone to blow off some steam?

The closed-door meeting was constructed to determine where all sides have common ground. That becomes the starting point of a broader discussion.

A bunch of people hooting and hollering about how the gas industry has brought STDs to our area will be entertaining, but futile.

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Apr-25-13 7:06 AM

I'm willing to bet if anyone's willing to lose some cash that not a single thing will come out of this gas bagging meet. Just another way when he's defeated he can say he tried to stop something so go ahead and disagree when you know dang well it's the TRUTH

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Apr-25-13 7:01 AM

Dear Mirabito blow it out your a@@

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Apr-25-13 6:20 AM

Does this legislator simply want his share of kickback money before he flip-flops on the issue????

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Apr-25-13 6:01 AM

I see your point of getting a broader input from the public, Carl, but do you see that this type of public meeting has the potential of doing more harm than good. Being its a meeting of the entire public, chances are the most vocal people may not even be from anywhere near here. If that is what happens, what would it prove as far as what the local folks really want to see happen?

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Apr-25-13 5:46 AM

This is one moment when I agree with Rick. The public has not had the opportunity to provide much input or to hear what has gone on behind the scenes. I have to say I am quite perturbed that the other local Republican Representative has not been in the forefront of this issue.

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Apr-25-13 4:50 AM

now is the time for the passionate people who oppose this drilling in the state forest to get their voices heard. we were grumping about the closed door uninvited meeting that was held on this subject once before, so now GET OUT THERE AND LET YOUR VOICES BE HEARD. there is plenty of notice and im sure word gets around fast about this. if i lived closer i would attend this just to oppose the drilling, because if we continue to allow this in our beautiful state forest land, god only knows what else those drillers will ruin. they need to move on and leave our pretty nature alone now.

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Apr-25-13 3:30 AM

A room filled with two groups passionately opposed to each other. If just the people that post comments regularly in the Sun Gazette show up, things could get interesting rather quickly!

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