Imagine this. You've worked hard all your life. Weekends. Holidays. Long into the night.
You sacrificed to buy your first home. You've done without vacations and "things" so you could put your kids through college and give them a headstart on a better life.
Hold that thought.
Then one day, you get a certified letter from Laser Marcellus Gathering Company notifying you that they are planning to put a natural gas pipeline through your property, and that the commonwealth of Pennsylvania has given them the legal right to seize your land, if necessary, through the process of eminent domain.
Hold that thought as well.
This is about to happen right now. And we need to stop it.
If passed, I have no doubt a lot of people will soon be seeing red. None.
I've heard it before. I heard it at Gas Stock.
This is about to boil over and there appears to be nothing in play to stop it. Our legislators are useless.
According to the SRBC's Paul Swartz in this article, everything is fine in the Susquehanna River's watershed.
Unfortunately, I disagree with Mr. Swartz. Everything is not fine. Day in and day out, we read about private drinking water wells being contaminated, roads being turned to silly putty by "mineral oil" spills, and gas wells catching on fire or exploding and spewing who knows what into the environment.
Without the "hydro", hydrofracturing would be a dead idea on some engineer's laptop. But, alas, the SRBC does not know how to say "NO".
When the outrage that is building reaches the tipping point, I would not want to be the SRBC, the DEP, a spokesperson for any of the companies responsible for these events, or the next governor of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Over the decades, I've seen some people that were really, really good at masking their true emotions. Poker players. Serial killers. People with IQ's below 90. Brian Grove. Podiatrists.
But when I saw the pic of the three EnCana reps at a recent Luzerne County Zoning Board hearing, I realized that they had taken that art form to a heretofore unattainable level. Remember when your Mom used to say: "I hope your face doesn't freeze like that!"?
Do NOT play poker with any one of these three. Okay, maybe Brenda. She is smokin' hot stone cold.