Here is an email I received from a local resident. Please circulate. Printed with permission, (emphasis mine) it speaks for itself:
Dear Mr. Baldwin,I had not taken too much interest in the natural gas drilling in our area until I was approached by two gentlemen on Saturday asking us to allow a pipeline for gas to go through our property. They offered us $23 per linear foot, which would amount to about $20,000 to $25,000. They wanted a 50 foot right-of-way through our property on Upper Demunds Road. They said they would return on Monday with the paper work to be signed. After doing a little research, I realized this was something I did not want on my property. I contacted my neighbors after having been told they were “receptive to the idea.” One neighbor had no idea about the drilling – he figured he may as well make some money if everyone else was. My other neighbor had not been contacted and went through the roof when I told her about the plans. We both agreed that we did not want our properties disturbed in any way, shape, or form. I e-mailed the gas man, and he promptly replied and increased the offer to $30,000. I answered that I was a coal miner’s granddaughter who had seen mine subsidences and strip mining rape Wyoming Valley. I told him that no amount of money would change my mind. He did not return to my property today. I am sure someone on this road will grant them permission to cross their property, but I will fight them tooth and nail to preserve the pristine environment that I love so dearly.
Thanks for listening,
Upper Demunds Road, Dallas