Protected: 2014-10-03: New Documents Show Hughes Planned to Frack Orangetree Well

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    Hope you and your neighbors hang together on this. An amazing news article here about what’s happening elsewhere: neighbors selling each other out..,

    http://grist.org/news/north-carolinians-could-be-forced-to-accept-fracking-on-their-property/

    29 Aug 2013 5:26 PM

    “North Carolinians could be forced to accept fracking on their property”

    By John Upton
    Chatham CountyDonald Lee PardueForced fracking could be coming to Chatham County, N.C.

    Not willing to sell out to frackers? If you’re a property owner living above natural gas reserves in North Carolina, you might not have a choice.

    A panel charged by the state’s legislature with developing hydraulic fracturing guidelines recommended Wednesday that property owners be forced to allow drilling beneath their property if enough of their neighbors want it. From the Associated Press…

    “We are talking about a for-profit industry taking away personal freedoms with the blessing of the government,” Therese Vick, a community activist with the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, told the Compulsory Pooling Study Group.

    Taking away those personal freedoms is already the norm in some states. In Ohio, there’s an unofficial guideline stating that if 90 percent of property owners in an area consent to the sale of a gas deposit, everybody else has to sell out to frackers too, according to the Compulsory Pooling Study Group’s draft report [PDF]. In Kentucky, the figure is 51 percent. In Virginia, it’s just 25 percent.

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