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Monday, June 7, 2010

A must-read direct from the wastelands

I've been scouting a few local sites that are this close to being drilled for natural gas. Zosh Road, Soltis Road and Peaceful Valley Road.

Basically, when the fracking gets well underway, I figured I'd slip into the woods, walk for a spell and capture some video from a decent vantage point. And then I'd share it with the lot of you.

Most of these bucolic sites are posted "no trespassing," which is normally meant as a way of warning hunters off of the lands in question. But with all of the negative publicity, and with the public's mood fast souring on Marcellus Shale drilling, I also figured that if I pulled such a stunt, I might be approached by less than receptive gas company employees. And I also imagined that some paid security agents may be thrown into the mix.

With those latter two possibilities thought through by me, I also came to the conclusion that if I were found out and things were a bit too heavy-handed, trouble might quickly ensue with some rent-a-thugs. Never one to back down from a scrum of any proportion, I figured the risks were well-worth the possible rewards.

If you've known me for any length of time, you know that if what you want is a fight, then we will fight. Not a problem.

And today I read this...Major drilling accident in NW PA. Cameras, media banned from site

So, if you're faint of heart, or not one who can handle yourself when the testosterone and adrenaline get to mixing in great quantities, you might want to think long and hard before you go trespassing on any gas drilling sites.

As for myself, I will not be deterred by any of this. Not in the least. And I applaud the guy who delivered this eye-opening report from the field. Or should I say, from the wastelands.

Stay tuned


D.B. Echo said...

Embedded journalists. That's all I can say. 'Cause these multi-billion dollar companies play for keeps when what amounts to free money is at stake. I won't be surprised if in the coming months and years the deep forests of Penn's Woods become the hidden final resting place of a few people who ask too many questions and look in places where the money folks would rather they didn't.

Tom Borthwick said...

I'm looking forward to what you come up with!