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Some advice to those developing the Marcellus, from somebody who knows


Most of the people, if not all, the people in the oil and gas industry I have worked with, have been professional and spoken truthfully about the issues that mean so much to folks who live in and around the Appalachian oil and gas fields.

Some companies have gone the extra mile to make things right when things go wrong. They fix roads, clean up streams and try to be good neighbors.

It isn’t easy for anyone. The Appalachian terrain is not easy to work in. The terrain is steep and narrow, hence the reason we have rock and mudslides that block roads. Many of the roads are barely wide enough to accommodate a pick up truck, let alone a school bus moving south and a big truck heading north.

It still isn’t easy for people to maneuver 18-wheeler trucks on roads that are one or two steps removed from being a glorified cow path.

Frustrated landowners are beginning to file lawsuits in an effort to stop what they perceive to be companies that totally disregard their rights. No doubt more than a few landowners have ample grounds for complaints…and suits.

I sincerely believe many folks in the industry want to do the right thing. They want to be good neighbors. Many producers can claim ancestors who lived in the hills and may have visited or lived in small villages when they were a kid. If they did visit within the last 20 years, they know that folks in the hills have been struggling financially for a very, very long time.

No doubt that there are some folks out there who will complain about anything at the drop of the hat, especially if they think they might squeeze a dollar out of somebody. It is not hard to spot these folks. It is hard to keep your temper when they start ranting and raving.

But it is incumbent on the industry folks to do just that: Swallow the anger and listen to what is really being said. If possible, take some time to spit and kick stones.

There are so many things that are good that could come out of this Marcellus and Utica Shale Boom. It’s already saved more than a few family farms and revitalized some local government treasuries. But everyone who has any business, meaning the folks who live and work in the hills, knows that they all could do better, and the sooner they act, the better.

This opportunity is too precious to let it get away.


6 Comments on "Some advice to those developing the Marcellus, from somebody who knows"

  1. Apneaman on Wed, 31st Dec 2014 10:53 am 

    “I sincerely believe many folks in the industry want to do the right thing. They want to be good neighbors.”

    So do I. At least those who are not in the upper management positions, but anyone who has been paying attention knows that profits almost always come first and no more so than today. As soon as the boss tells them to do something “or else” they do it. Like those “workers” who pumped the 8 billion gallons of fracking waste water into that aquifer in California a while back. They knew what they were doing.Doing the right thing only when it is convenient is not doing the right thing.

    As for “This opportunity is too precious to let it get away.” No it is not. What has the country done with all it’s wealth and opportunity? Squandered it. Pigs at the trough who have eaten many generations worth of natural resources and left a big steaming pile of shit for their descendants to suffer. Super Fund sites, Mountains destroyed, Decrepit nuclear power plants and spent fuel pools, tens of thousands of leaking well head casings, saturation by hundred of thousands of man made chemicals causing all sorts of illnesses, biggest generational debt in history, a world full of enemies, a crumbling national infrastructure, soil erosion, acidified oceans, killer climate change and a culture so rotten and void of meaning that most people need some pharmaceutical or street drugs or sex or gambling, etc, etc, just to keep going. Stop fucking lying. We will burn everything till it is gone or we are, because that is what we do and that is what we are. No grand warmNfuzzy patriotic job creating explanations needed.

  2. Kenz00 on Wed, 31st Dec 2014 12:48 pm 

    We need to deal with the cause of Climate Change or we will deal with the impact from it.

    Pope Francis’s edict on climate change will anger deniers and US churches | World news | The Guardian

  3. Nony on Wed, 31st Dec 2014 1:38 pm 

    Natgas is $2.9

    FEB 2015 Show Price Chart 2.900 -13:23:02 CT 31 Dec 2014

    How you like them apples, Art Berman?


  4. GregT on Wed, 31st Dec 2014 4:07 pm 

    Two thumbs up Apneaman!

  5. FarQ3 on Wed, 31st Dec 2014 7:09 pm 

    Classic Apneaman, TU from me too. The wealth accumulating at all costs to everyone else except thyself, greed incumbent, silver spooning, ethically corrupt, so-called elite, will always paint everything they do in the name of greed with a sugar coating.

    Of course we need it all ….. not!

  6. Dredd on Thu, 1st Jan 2015 3:47 pm 

    What Apneaman said.

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