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There was a meeting last week in the Town of Caroline in Tompkins County, New York, where a group called Residents Opposing Shale-Gas Extraction (ROUSE) gave a not so rousing presentation regarding a petition to ban natural gas exploration in the town. The crowd of...

Every now and again you come across a tale.  A tale grips your imagination and transports your mind to lands unknown and events often unforeseen and spectacular.  Tales often are rooted in true events but take on a life of their own when recounted by different individuals further removed from events...

When the phone rang a few weeks ago and a reporter was on the other end, asking to interview me about natural gas production and our lease, I was somewhat prepared.  Three years ago we signed a lease, along with other excited farmers in our...

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...

The Town of Lumberland in Sullivan County, New York is on the outside edge of an area thought to have recoverable Marcellus Shale gas.  It is, therefore, a place where the cost and risk to local officials in taking a position against natural gas development...

I recently received the following letter from a long-time resident of the Upper Delaware River valley, who wishes to remain anonymous.  She is a retired local school teacher with a farm background.  It illustrates the cultural and political dynamic that underlies so much of the...

Last Tuesday, something remarkable occurred in the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania – landowners from multiple counties discussed the potential for working together to fight the misinformation regarding natural gas that is plaguing their communities.  Some 35 or so people attended the first meeting and they...

Representative Rick Mirabito, the Pennsylvania House Representative for the 83rd district in Lycoming County, PA held a town hall meeting Thursday evening to discuss the Marc-1 pipeline project (among other things).  The meeting was hyped on various anti-gas development websites and opponents were urged to...