The fracking brothel

I received this email last week from a North Carolina resident:

Dear Sirs:

I am writing i have 102.5 acres Anson County NC, This is about 3.5 miles south of Wdesboro NC. If you get into this area you would welcome to drill on this tract of land.I know Anson is one of the countyes with natural gas. If you like to contact me my addres is, _______ and my phone number is _________ .

The person included his name and address, but I'm not going to repeat it here. I offer this email only to point out what a sad and miserable state of affairs the NC GOP is trying to create in North Carolina. The fracking frenzy is a stacked deck that will destroy families even as it destroys the land they live on.

I can't bring myself to contact the writer about this, but if I could I would make this point. Selling the rights to exploit your land is like selling your children into prostitution. You may generate some quick cash, but the kids are truly going to be screwed in the long run.


Really sad

I have friends who support this and the tar sands fiasco purely because it would "create jobs". Never mind that those jobs will ruin entire regions and possibly poison their own children somewhere down the line. We've got to find a new way of looking at this world or we are right and truly screwed.


"...the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be."

Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail


Turning their daughters into prostitutes would also create jobs, but I don't see them rushing to the brothel doors.

fracking brothel

Have they been fracking Pennsylvania long enough for there to be an indication of the resale value of land whose oil drilling rights have been sold to these companies? Can we find any record of tax valuation of this land? Has the property gone up or down in value since the drilling rights were sold.

I hear the Marsallis Shale deposits are so big it will take many years to empty them out, so why are we in a rush to tap the much smaller deposits here?

I am just disgusted by the whole affair.

Don't have any statistics,

but several of the videos I've seen back up testimony by a couple of PA farmers who came to speak at Pittsboro, namely that several things impacted their property values:

1) since the mineral rights had already been signed away, property values automatically dropped even before drilling began, and 2) noise, air and water pollution associated with and during the process scared away any (sensible) buyers, and 3) structures and activity prohibit the free movement of livestock, so anybody interested in purchasing the land for grazing is turned off.

It's pretty much a property value killer.