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A closer look: Pa. Supreme Court decision on fracking

January 23, 2014

The state Supreme Court recently declared unconstitutional certain provisions of Act 13, the state natural gas drilling law....

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ToTEXASfromPA

Feb-10-14 6:17 AM

BornHere, water is a big issue in west Texas because of the extensive drought that has been taking place for the last several years, not fracking. Need rain. In addition the biggest user of water from the extensive Ogalalla (sp?.) aquifer in west Texas is agriculture use and irrigation.

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BornHere

Jan-24-14 7:06 AM

There are towns in the US running out of water from fracking an example of this is Barnhart, Texas.

There are 30 communities across Texas by the years end that could run out of water.

I would say that is very devastating to the environment and to human beings.

So which is more important water or greed for the almighty dollar? I don't know about anyone else but I would say water.

I hope this has answered your question leaningright about the impacts of drilling.

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BornHere

Jan-23-14 4:48 PM

MisMac I think you confused me with SilverFeather, you are correct this is a moral issue.

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SilverFeather

Jan-23-14 2:46 PM

MisMac, that's what I tried to say. I went off course, but thank you for clearing things up. This problem doesn't take sides.

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BornHere

Jan-23-14 2:10 PM

leaningright, I sold my house to get away from it.

There are documented cases of water contamination on the DEP's website. Also look up, Pennsylvania Natural Gas Industry Wall of Shame, these also are document violations caused by the industry. They basically speak for themselves that the industry does cause environmental harm and this is just in Pa.

I'll check back later I have to pick my cat up from the vets.

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leaningright

Jan-23-14 1:36 PM

Bornhere- you dont have to lease, they can still extract the gas. They dont need to set foot on your ground.

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BornHere

Jan-23-14 1:33 PM

leaningright, one thing I will never do is lease, thanks for this information hopefully more people will read it.

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MisMac

Jan-23-14 1:33 PM

Born Here, no need to be surprised because this is NOT a Republican vs. Democrat issue. It is a moral issue; wrong vs. right. Just remember that when the elections come around. It is quite obvious which politicians are bought and paid for.

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leaningright

Jan-23-14 1:33 PM

Born here, please explain what they are doing to the environment that is so detrimental. All of the money (royalties) in the world wont do us any good if they destroy our environment. Yes, royalties are nice, but the environment comes first, I just need to understand what you are speaking of.

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BornHere

Jan-23-14 1:30 PM

Hi rick, I was just thinking that the other day, years ago it was you, me and pinecr that's it.

People on here don't understand that there are thousands of people across the US and in other countries that are now against the oil and gas industry, people I have spoken with who are tired of being violated are willing to fight back to save our environment for the future generations.

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leaningright

Jan-23-14 1:27 PM

To be clear, I am not against the gas being extracted so long as it is done in an environmentally safe manner. I do think it has been a boost to our economy and in general think we need to get this gas and or oil to the market. It is the practices of these multinational companies and the way that they treat people that has me angry.

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leaningright

Jan-23-14 1:19 PM

Bornhere and anybody else who wants to listen. If you are approached by a landman or a representitive of any gas or oil company who wants to lease your land, before you do anything go hire a Dallas or Houston based attorney. They (GAS COMPANIES)will take post production charges from your royalties violating the 12.5% that was supposed to be guaranteed you by the GMRA which is now worthless thanks to the Supreme court of PA. The meters on these well pads are not regulated by the State that i am aware of, good luck with that.Talk about the fox guarding the hen house! They can also send you letters saying that they have overpaid your royalties and that they will be stripping that money away from your future royalties, it is called recoupment and as best as i can tell it is legal for them to do this. Just because it is legal or just because some attorney argued a case in the wrong way and lost doesn't make what these companies do right. Do not trust them or the state with anything.

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rick424

Jan-23-14 12:55 PM

Hey Bornhere, things have sure changed on here since we first started a few years back. We were the few. Now we seem to be the many. Notice there haven't been many of those "praise the industry" editorials lately.

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BornHere

Jan-23-14 12:42 PM

leaningright, I am very surprised to hear what you are saying about the industry, what did they do to you may I ask?

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leaningright

Jan-23-14 12:39 PM

Normally i tend to defend the gas operators (service companies), they aren't so much the problem. It is the Gas & Oil companies themselves who are the greedy lot, i dont have to name them, just look around, watch the lies in their commercials they run around here. They will do whatever they need to within the law or fight the laws that dont work for them. They do everything they can to take peoples resources and money. The people of the State get little from the legislature or the Supreme court on these issues. I am starting to agree, send them packing!

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pinecr

Jan-23-14 11:37 AM

Why do they need a law that says they do not need to fully disclose all of the chemicals they use in fracking, if in fact, they do not harm people, air or water. This just goes to show you that the gas industry lies about everything and they do know that what they are doing will indeed have a bad outcome for our land, water and health. You don't see any gas industry people owning land in the drilling areas...now what does that tell you? You see a moratorium on gas drilling in Bucks County where are beloved Gov. lives...now what does that tell you? If you would visit areas of other states where they have been and left, you would be amazed at the poor quality of life the people in those areas now have due to the chemicals used. WAKE UP PA AND SEND THEM PACKING.

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BornHere

Jan-23-14 11:19 AM

The "gag order" was put in place to protect the industry and not the patient.

Remember the industries motto; "Safety is, has been, and forever will be our number 1 priority. It is our core value."

If this is truly their values then why do they need a "gag order" for doctors?

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leaningright

Jan-23-14 10:42 AM

Score yet another ruling from our State Supreme court to the gas companies. This ruling and the ruling on the GMRA (Guaranteed Minimum Royaty Act), whats next? Can anybody beat these companies in court? They find a way to take your royalties and use our own State law to do it. State legislature, step up to the plate please. Sooner would be better than never!

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SilverFeather

Jan-23-14 8:56 AM

No matter what side of the argument you are on, the "doctor gag rule" is a violation of rights like never before, akin to the Tuskeegee experiments! This proves they aready know the toxicity of these chemicals and are covering up what the future effects will be. To accuse either political side of violating our civil rights, constitutional rights or rights of any other kind is to accuse ourselves! There are just too many politicians hands in the till. These are the chemicals killing our children and we don't have a right to know? That's just plain wrong!!!

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