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Early last week, Newton Township, just outside of Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, in Lackawanna County, held a public meeting to discuss a proposed ban on natural gas development.  The Township has been besieged by the anti-gas forces, including, at previous meetings, representatives from the Community Environmental...

One of the prevailing myths about natural gas development is that it will somehow destroy property values, making it impossible for homeowners to sell.  Not surprisingly, the folks making this argument never offer anything more than speculation about how land and home values are sure...

UticaOD.com recently ran an appalling piece entitled “Fracking up close and personal isn’t a pretty sight” that was such a biased and infactual article that we had to issue a response.  The article attempts to portray the “bad” side of natural gas exploration but provides no hard...

Note:  Following piece adapted from remarks made at Town of Bethel, Sullivan County, New York meeting on August 27. I feel badly for the Bethel Town Board members, you are confronted with a mess.  Environmental zealots, natural gas advocates, second home owners, farmers, the unemployed...

State Sen. Greg Ball (R- Patterson) last week became the latest politician to enter the fray on natural gas production when he went on a field trip with well known anti-fracturing crusader Josh Fox. Only to later extol his findings on YNN’s Capitol Tonight.  With Fox being...

Wayne Weaver Wyoming County Landowner and Auctioneer I had the privilege, on August 2, 2011, of attending a meeting of the Dallas Township, Luzerne County, Board of Supervisors.  As a property owner along the 33.5 mile Springville pipeline that Williams Land Services is constructing to...

There was a remarkable set of events in Dimock this week, as Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy (based in New York) held a press conference to unveil their dirty pitcher billboard for placement in Pennsylvania.  The sign depicted a pitcher of reddish-brown water combined with the...

Recently it came to our attention that a recent Readers Digest feature entitled “how safe is our water really” irked some residents of Pennsylvania.  So much so in fact they were compelled to write the Digest to correct the record.  Below find their letter (we have added...

Now that the moratorium is lifted and New York State is on its way toward Marcellus Shale development, anti-drilling groups fundamentally opposed to any natural gas development are trying to stop it with last-ditch efforts at the local level.  Overly strict road laws constitute one...