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Safeguarding Environment

September 14, 2013

This has not been a good week for some involved in gas and oil drilling in our area. As we reported, two companies have been fined a total of $350,000 for pollution-related infractions....

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WVUGEO

Sep-14-13 9:02 AM

The press, this paper included, must accept some responsibility for the permissive, anything goes, "gold rush" mentality that seems now so pervasive with the shale gas activities. The benefits of shale gas, in terms of your local employment and lasting economic benefit to your area, as well as the true size and sustainability of the shale gas resource itself, have been hugely exaggerated. Once all the wells are drilled and the pipelines are laid, to out of state customers and export terminals, all done for the most part by out-of-state migrant workers, and once all the royalty recipients have retired to Florida, there won't be much wealth coming back to you, staying with you.

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mikeyd

Sep-14-13 10:12 AM

jail time for the people responsible would fix this.the company fines are a joke.

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TrollSlayer

Sep-14-13 10:59 AM

GEO, tell that to the local mineral rights owners. They’ll be collecting 15 to 20 percent of that profit. And spending much of it locally on construction, vehicles, businesses, ... which will benefit other local businesses and THEIR employees for years.

It seems only the ones who are making nothing from gas are claiming we will make nothing from gas. Got envy?

And the coal shills. LOL

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oldsteelmaker

Sep-14-13 9:05 PM

West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania all get paid by the producers for the minerals they extract. That's cash for your buddies to squander on your beloved civil servants and social programs that you don't have to pay yourself.

And you clearly have no comprehension of the level of bureaucracy entailed in energy work these days if you call it a "permissive, anything goes Gold Rush" mentality. The Keystone line? The plans were drawn up when Clinton was still in office. When a pipeline company says it's in a rush, they mean late 2015.

Besides, geo, why should you care? once all that work happens, you can go back to your useless life in peace. If there was no gas, the state would have even less than you have now. Sounds like the real problem is no one leased your property.

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