Destroying Pennsylvania Farmlands for Generations

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Destroying Pennsylvania Farmlands for Generations

Postby HVPA_research » Fri Oct 01, 2010 7:44 am

This is an up-to-date review of the environmental effects of gas mining in Pennsylvania, USA.

Toxic Gaslands: Horizontal Gas Fracture Extraction is Destroying Pennsylvania Farmlands for Generations to Come

It contrasts the problems of people living on the land near gas wells with the the attitude of the government agencies that are supposed to control the gas industry and make it safe. Here is a transcript from one of the videos:

Ron says that Democratic Governor Ed Rendell and even gubernatorial candidates from other parties are totally in bed with the oil interests and are doing nothing to help land owners resist the coercion and intimidation foisted upon them by powerful energy interests who don't want to take "no" for an answer. He says the DEP (Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection) is a joke. It behaves more like a PR firm for Big OIl and stonewalls environmental activists, while paying hollow lip service to land owner complaints. He claims the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), who suppose to oversee the drilling industry, is even worse. "They act more like oil company stockholders, rather than regulators" he fumes

If the oil companies can't get farmers to sign a lease willingly, they use their bought & paid-for government stooges to invoke the law of "eminent domain" and force a sale whether the land owner likes it or not. This recently happened in Bedford county, Pennsylvania; where the abuse of eminent domain by government officials (who are clearly in bed with the oil industry) has risen to a new plateau of naked skullduggery:

This article appears to be well researched. However, I would not endorse everything else presented on the "Educate Yourself" website.
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