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  •  Several years ago I had a 2 year lease with (9+ / 0-)

    someone, from several states way, whose intention was to drill for natural gas beneath some agricultural land that I own.  He flew in one evening on a private jet, for a two hour meeting, to initiate the agreement.

    At the time there was a big rush going on in natural gas production.  It ended up that due to the high demand for drilling equipment, he was unable to obtain certain equipment needed.  I got a little money for the 2 year agreement (and would have had very nice on-going royalties if it had come about).

    The amount of above ground space and access designated was quite small. Now, I don't think it could have been a planned fracking operation, but from what I've learned since then, I am so glad it never panned out.  Period.  I would be sick today to know that I was directly participating in fossil fuel extraction of any kind.

    Just an invisible blip in the scheme of things. Even so, it makes my skin crawl to realize what might have been. I wonder if there are individuals trapped in leases that are now, in spite of the income, sorry they ever entered into binding agreements?  In my rural area there are a lot of small landowners whose leases for coal, oil and gas have been accompanied by adjacent land owners' leases to form large extraction areas for a single company.

    "Evil is a lack of empathy, a total incapacity to feel with their fellow man." - Capt. Gilbert,Psychiatrist, at the end of Nuremberg trials.

    by 417els on Sat May 11, 2013 at 03:02:29 PM PDT

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