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Advocacy groups discuss drilling in state forest

July 27, 2013

Grassroots groups and other organizations have bumped heads with state officials in recent months over a controversial proposal to open up natural gas drilling in Loyalsock State Forest....

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Jul-31-13 6:24 PM

Blow up Butternut Grove ! Anadarko, Cabot, Corbett, Ferretti, Gamble township,& Lycoming county. All you smell is the sweet smell of money $$ Not the stench of dust, oil, diesel fumes,& who knows what crap you store in those ponds. Ban Fracking Now ! KEEP IT WILD !

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Jul-27-13 8:25 PM

DaisyKay is also correct. What DCNR and Anadarko correspondence shows is considerable haggling over the dollar amount Anadarko should be willing to pay for the speedy access to the construction of those pads--and potentially 100 or more wells. This alone shows that DCNR was never sincerely interested in protecting Clarence Moore, etc, but interested only in making up for Corbett budget cuts--and willing to auction the Loyalsock to do it. Moreover, it's an under-appreciated fact that Ellen Ferretti has been a deeply involved player in this drama from virtually the beginning. It is her name in the lead of much of this correspondence, and her actions that have helped to facilitate this coming liquidation of the forest, and it's at least reasonable speculation that this is why Mr. Allen is no longer at the helm. I'm sure there are great folks at DCNR--but none of them empowered to make decisions have any meaningful interest in preventing Anadarko from turning it into a frack-factory.

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Jul-27-13 8:14 PM

What the DCNR/Anadarko correspondence going back to early 2010 shows is that while DCNR stalled and dithered about Anadarko's purported surface rights, at no time did DCNR take a position denying Anadarko access to anywhere Anadarko claimed that subsurface rights implied surface rights. Whatever pressure Corbett may have exerted on DCNR, it does not excuse the fact that DCNR conceded without resistance to Anadarko. For the evidence, please see "Of Aristotle and Anadarko: Why "Better Laws" Will Never Be Enough," Wendy Lynne Lee, ****ragingchickenpress****.

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Jul-27-13 6:30 PM

Drilling on state ground would just be more forest areas closed off to hunters. The logging already closes enough ground to hunters.

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Jul-27-13 2:27 PM

Rick, You are not alone in having left the area. I know 11 people who have left only because of the gas presense and it is understandable, but of all who don't like the changes here, most don't want to leave or don't feel they can. The politicians will be dragged along eventually if enough people get involved in fighting the worst abuses and demand they be remedied. The law puts the rights of subsurface rights owners above those of the surface property owner when the ownership is split as in the Rock Run area case. That has to change or be evened out somehow and a good place to start is on this area of treasured public land.

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Jul-27-13 10:36 AM

Ralph, why I appreciate your comment and totally agree with you, but when you have the next article "Caucus: Industry a ‘game changer’" Sometimes I feel it is a hopeless fight. The politicians really only care about one thing, and although they preach caring for the environment, deep down, they don't care. That is why I left the area.

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Jul-27-13 10:05 AM

Here's an idea: Drill in all the places in Pa. that aren't considered environmental treasures, then when you, lastly, come down to these areas, we will discuss it then. That should take 10 years. Could be that by then the industry will have discovered and implemented new and safe drilling practices. Give it a try. Move on. Be good stewards of our land. Make everyone a little happier. We'll talk later.

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Jul-27-13 9:47 AM

DCNR will continue to placate the fine citizens of PA with meetings and pretty words, but at the end of the day, I believe they are just waiting to see exactly how much money Anadarko is willing to spend to develop this part of the Loyalsock State Forest. There is absolutely NO way to put 20+ well pads in the forest without disrupting the natural habitat and exceptional beauty of Rock Run. The only responsible way to approach this issue is by denying access to Anadarko and KEEP IT WILD! Contact the folks at RDA today to see what you can do to help Save Rock Run!

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Jul-27-13 7:09 AM

I attended the meeting representing the Responsible Drilling Alliance. We do not want any gas development in this area of public land and are not giving up fighting for that outcome. The meeting, with good people from DCNR who understand and apprreciate the value of the area but are hamstrung by the Corbett administration into making a deal, was extremely dissapointing. The only chance to stop the runination of the quiet remote beautiful area around Rock Run and the Old Loggers Path is by the public stepping up to say it is not acceptable and removing the social liscense of the operators. If you care, you need to get involved. Start by coming to the Little League parade and show support for the Keep It Wild float.

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