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Anti-Drilling Activists Change Tone

Some now cooperating with the natural gas industry; others have even signed drilling leases

October 7, 2013

PITTSBURGH — For years, anti-drilling activists have claimed that fracking can have disastrous consequences — ruined water and air, sickened people and animals, a ceaseless parade of truck traffic....

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Ragnar

Oct-07-13 10:58 PM

I am so sad to hear that the environment is so dangerous now. Back in the day, when we had oil derricks, steel mills, coal mines, coke plants, trains, tugboats, tractor trailers, chemical plants, the air and water were just wonderful!

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TrollSlayer

Oct-07-13 2:27 PM

Typical Marcellus adhominem, consider the source, it's almost like he has a personal axe to grind with the O&G industry. Who knows, maybe he does?

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Marcellus

Oct-07-13 2:11 PM

Typical Kevin Begos story, consider the source, it's almost like he is on the payroll of the O&G industry. Who knows, maybe he is?

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TrollSlayer

Oct-07-13 2:08 PM

mkhunt, STILL waiting for specific details on that fracking fluid "poisoned" well. ANYWHERE in the Ohio Valley.

Your "destruction and death" babble would carry more weight if you could actually cite some destruction or death... yawn...

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mkhunt

Oct-07-13 1:58 PM

Exploitation sums it all up. Please note that there are families which have refused the dirty money and continue to struggle to get the message out. Contamination with carcinogens is actually defined as a sin by the Catholic Church.Poisoning wells was considered a capital crime since cuniform tablets bore the words of law. Save what is left and protect your family. Never collaborate with destruction and death.

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mikeyd

Oct-07-13 10:03 AM

the air around here isn't any cleaner than it was 40 years ago.the same smog hangs over this area.the gas companies will take your gas if you don't sign.are any royalties being paid for all of this gas being harvested?other than for CEO's?

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WVUGEO

Oct-07-13 8:47 AM

To confirm what we said below about WVU, look up, for just one example: "United States Patent 8,449,632 - Sewage Material in Coal Liquefaction; May 28, 2013; Inventor: Alfred H. Stiller, Morgantown, WV; Assignee: West Virginia University; Abstract: The present disclosure provides methods and systems for coal liquefaction using a sewage material. ... The de-ashed coal extract may be added to a pipeline of petroleum crude for delivery to a petroleum refinery". Why aren't we being informed about local, and genuinely important, developments like that?

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TrollSlayer

Oct-07-13 8:41 AM

On cue... LOL

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TrollSlayer

Oct-07-13 8:40 AM

GEO, now tell us about your coal-to-snake-oil scam. That one’s always a hoot, too, especially when it’s right next to one of your rants about how dirty the gas industry is. Because the coal you’re always shilling for is so clean and green... LOL

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WVUGEO

Oct-07-13 8:38 AM

Even further, in news that should be at least as important to West Virginians, WVU has just been awarded a series of US Patents that define technology wherein Coal, along with Carbon-recycling wastes, like sewage sludge, and agricultural produce, like vegetable oil, can all be converted together into synthetic crude petroleum. They even devised tech for consuming the mineral residues to make cement. Why isn't the lead inventor, WVU Professor Alfred Stiller, being interviewed about them?

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TrollSlayer

Oct-07-13 8:36 AM

joeknows, when you start your “news”paper you can put “slanted, reactionary, manipulative, slanderous and false” stories in it like “Polls show a majority are against fracking.” LOL

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WVUGEO

Oct-07-13 8:32 AM

Hate to use words as harsh as "joeknows"; but, he's right. This is a horribly, dreadfully slanted, and deliberately narrow, presentation of the facts.

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Triton

Oct-07-13 8:30 AM

Environmental activism is most often about activism and not the environment. I belonged to the Sierra club when its clean steam/air mantra was that we MUST convert to natural gas in WV and do away with coal. Yikes but then gas is here. WV DEP/EPA investigations that indicate that the drilling operation is not more a threat to the earth than maintaining a golf course or building a road. When the Sierra Club became just another left vote gathering group it lost its crediblity/objectivity. Gas use and extraction is so much more beneficial than coal mining it boggles the mind. And yet greenies, addicted to protesting and dissent cannot let hysteria go. Regulate it to death, but we need gas and we have it in abundance. Oil, even if in the ME is still dirty, same earth. Coal use can be reduced, emissions can be reduced. CNG can run vehicles at nearly 0 emissions. Not enough for left wing radicals, its a chance to dance and chant and feel good about yourself. Its pointless conduct.

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WVUGEO

Oct-07-13 8:24 AM

Even further, real energy news, with implications for environmental improvement and endless sustainability within the constraints of our established infrastructure are being entirely ignored. For instance: Saudi Arabia established technology - - and has just signed an agreement with the largest industrial gas supplier in the world, Germany's Linde Group, to build a plant to operate the technology - - that reclaims Carbon Dioxide emitted by petroleum refineries and petrochemical plants and converts that CO2 into fuel alcohol and other organic industrial chemicals. The US Navy has designed a ship that extracts CO2 from the environment, and, using "wind and wave" energy, the Navy's words, to drive the process, converts that CO2 into jet fuel. The Naval Research Lab has issued news releases about it; but, none of them have been have been picked up by news outlets around here. Ditto the Saudi CO2 recycling factory; they're not making any secret of it.

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joeknows

Oct-07-13 8:24 AM

News Register chose to grab an AP article and put it on the front page of our local paper. Polls show a majority are against fracking now so please fairly regurgitate some of that data for your readership because this article is slanted, reactionary, manipulative, slanderous and false. We need a another option for a local newspaper - anyone feeling ambitious enough to start a new local paper?

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TrollSlayer

Oct-07-13 8:20 AM

So harvesting natural resources in West Virginia is now “corrupt.” And in West Virginia making a profit is now “corrupt.” West Virginia’s cultural conversion to unemployed socialist welfare nanny state is nearly complete. Good job, Democrits. No wonder the shale gas industry has to bring in so many out-of-state workers.

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WVUGEO

Oct-07-13 7:59 AM

SpankysLastDance, like LogHog, makes a sad, but accurate, observation.

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WVUGEO

Oct-07-13 7:56 AM

Depending upon how the money is being made, it can also create more real losers and more real harm. Creating legacies of lasting environmental damage and of the practice of biased journalism in service to narrow corporate profit interests, along with the money, will create a lot more harm, in many arenas, on down the road. It all has sad implications.

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SpankysLastDance

Oct-07-13 7:52 AM

Hey, If you can't beat em', join em'!

Just like the Government, they couldn't completely stop illegal gambling, so they got into the business too. They couldn't stop the health care industry from screwing Americans into the ground, so they joined them. It's no surprise that anti-frackers would see all the greenery and want a share of it. Americans are about as corrupt a people as you will find anywhere.

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daWraith

Oct-07-13 7:40 AM

More money means more winners and more jealousy.

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WVUGEO

Oct-07-13 7:38 AM

Sadly, we have begun to suspect from personal experience in other matters that LogHog, in the first post, has it about right. Principles seem most often, with most people, to have their price. On the other hand, the author of this piece, AP reporter Kevin Begos, is a prolific and long-term supporter of the shale gas industry. His extraordinarily extensive body of work concerning the shale gas industry seems so single-mindedly and exclusively positive that his true motives have been publicly questioned, most especially by a group of gas industry watchdogs down in Texas. There are contrary views, and other sides of the issue, reported by other journalists at least as credible as Begos; but, he is the only one whose work seems to get published in this venue. There are definitely other people he could have interviewed for this article with views far different from the examples he gives us. The real story, and we, is/are being spun.

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LogHog

Oct-07-13 5:32 AM

Gee, isn't it amazing how a little greed can change ones point of view.

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