Farmers hurt by Marcellus â€œboomâ€
Natural gas drilling has tapped into the pockets of cash-strapped dairy farmers who are now being charged additional fees to transport their milk. Because of competition for truck drivers, milk companies now have to compete with gas companies to keep drivers and dairy farmers are being asked to pay the extra costs.Â Claims one farmer, â€œThe Marcellus Shale has upset the free-market economy â€¦ weâ€™ve got to do something to help the farmers. To me, it seems unethical and itâ€™s unfortunately the farmers who have to carry the burden.â€
(Source: The Evening Tribune â€“ article by Justin Head)
Houses for shale
Property owners with gas leases may find their property canâ€™t be financed for a new mortgage. Broker Lori Rudalavage, who owns LA Mortgage in Clarks Summit, has been trying to sort out the policies being put into place at major banks. It hasnâ€™t been easy, and it concerns her. â€œWhen it comes down to obtaining a mortgage on leased properties, more and more of [the banks] are saying, â€˜No, No, No.â€™â€
Rudalavage has been told that Wells Fargo would not be inclined to lend money on a property with a gas lease. In a memo, a top executive at that bank writes it would be â€œâ€¦very difficult to obtain financing due to the potential hazard.â€(Source: Pike County Courier)
MARC1 â€“ A precedent-setting pipeline â€“ SPEAK OUT!Although the official comment period has closed, Earthjustice Managing Attorney Deborah Goldberg suggests that area residents who have not already done so should send comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on the MARC1 pipeline project planned by CYNOG for the Rt. 220 corridor from NWÂ Lycoming County, through Sullivan and into Bradford Counties. For a refresher on the MARC1 project, refer to the October 25th issue of the RDA newsletter, archived at www.responsibledrillingallinace.org Attorney Goldbergâ€™s suggestions include:
- Donâ€™t just vent anger/frustration. You need to give FERC reasons why the pipeline should not be built.
- ALL environmental and socioeconomic impacts are relevant:Â
- community character
- recreation (hunting, fishing, hiking, swimming, etc.)
- agriculture timber
- all other environmental and socioeconomic concerns
- You can provide information. Factual information should be about impacts you have personally observed or can document from academic studies. Â Research studies are readily available on the web. Send the relevant studies to FERC and ask that they be considered. (Do NOT use advocacy materials; refer only to studies completed by those with scientific credentials.) Impacts from pipelines are best; cumulative impacts from pipelines and other facilities are also useful.
- You can pose specific questions and ask FERC for information.
- Read what already has been submitted by CYNOG.Â If you can find errors, based on personal knowledge or scientific study, point these out to FERC.