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  •  Marcellus Shale is going to TAKE OFF (14+ / 0-)

    with the issues now with offshore drilling. Pennsylvania, like it did with coal, will be raped again. PA legislators are getting rich and selling state land for the drilling, waffling about taxing it.

    Farmers who are struggling see big $ from the gas drillers and are handing over their land.

    Under the gas there will be oil. Who cares about water when the devil is offering so much?

    Not to throw shoes is the crime. Not to be outraged is the crime.

    by the girl on Wed Jun 02, 2010 at 07:18:46 AM PDT

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    •  If it works like oil/gas (3+ / 0-)
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      drilling in TX and OK, the farmers are merely granting rights to drill. For which they are paid. If a well comes in, the drilling rig is taken elsewhere, collection begins, and the farmers receive royalty checks on volume. The land is not handed over, the mineral rights for exploration and drilling are leased to the oil company.

      Now, more than ever, we need the Jedi.

      by Joieau on Wed Jun 02, 2010 at 10:10:57 AM PDT

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      •  and the water is poisoned for years (2+ / 0-)
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        Pris from LA, Joieau

        Drilling companies will poison all the water, not just where they are drilling.

        Fracking involves injecting poisons into the ground- invented by Halliburton!

        "Drill Baby Drill": Stupid in 2008, criminally stupid now.

        by MD patriot on Wed Jun 02, 2010 at 10:48:53 AM PDT

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        •  Fracking is an idea (1+ / 0-)
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          they came up with using nukes in Pennsylvania too. Idiots. I recently inherited some gas and exploration leases in OK, grandma didn't even still own the land - just the mineral rights. Far as I know none of the wells involved fracking, they've been productive for many years.

          Now, more than ever, we need the Jedi.

          by Joieau on Wed Jun 02, 2010 at 11:03:56 AM PDT

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        •  And while fracking (1+ / 0-)
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          is a fracking BAD idea, the Gold for utter destruction of water supplies from human pollution has to go to King Coal and their rather amazing idea of fracking entire mountains (the most ancient and abundant mountains on Earth, to be exact) into rubble and dumping the dross unceremoniously into the surrounding watershed with a waiver of EPA's itty hands. Hell, I wouldn't give oil exploration on-shore more than the Bronze. Silver goes to our agricultural system, which not only pollutes entire watersheds and drainage regions with unpronounceable chemicals and unspeakable toxins, it drains entire regional aquifers while its at it!

          Besides, everybody who's anybody drinks water from little hormone-disrupting plastic bottles made from petroleum these days, don't they? [/snark]

          Now, more than ever, we need the Jedi.

          by Joieau on Wed Jun 02, 2010 at 11:58:27 AM PDT

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