MDN Weekly Update – Sept 25, 2011: Vandalism at Drilling Sites

Poll resultsBelow are the results of last week’s poll on whether or not local governments should be able to ban drilling.

Should local municipalities have the power to ban gas drilling?

No (70%, 190 Votes)
Yes (26%, 72 Votes)
Not sure (4%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 272

Should vandalism at drilling sites be considered an act of terrorism?

This past week MDN reported on a case of “vandalism” at a drilling site in Indiana County, PA (see MDN story here). There were some comments on that story taking MDN to task for not waiting to find out who the perpetrator is. MDN says it doesn’t take a genius to figure out it’s an anti-driller gone amok. Someone who’s finally gone over the edge. Could it be a simple case of vandalism? Perhaps. But not very likely in MDN’s opinion.

So MDN wades into controversial waters once again, this week by asking the question: If people who are opposed to drilling perpetrate crimes against drillers by damaging equipment, should that be considered an act of domestic terrorism? MDN thinks it’s a fair question and an issue we should address.

Agree? Disagree? Click on your answer along the right-hand side of any page, and feel free to leave a comment on this post with your opinion.

Below are the most recent “top 5” lists and the calendar of Marcellus related events for the next two weeks.

Happy reading,
Jim Willis, Editor

Five Most Viewed Stories This Past Week (Sep 18 – Sep 24)

  1. Belmont County, OH Landowners Sign Utica Shale Leases (9/19/11)
  2. Is Marcellus Shale a Mineral? An Important Question in PA (9/22/11)
  3. Norse Energy “Reduces” Employees by 50 Percent (9/21/11)
  4. Exxon Acquiring Acreage in OH Utica Shale for Oil Drilling (9/23/11)
  5. Is Range Resources for Sale? (9/22/11)

Five Most Viewed Stories Last 30 Days (Aug 25 – Sep 24)

  1. Major Discovery – Chesapeake Energy Strikes Oil (and Gas) in Ohio’s Utica Shale (7/29/11)
  2. Belmont County, OH Landowners Sign Utica Shale Leases (9/19/11)
  3. List of 78 Chemicals Used in Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid in Pennsylvania (6/30/10)
  4. Is Marcellus Shale a Mineral? An Important Question in PA (9/22/11)
  5. Chesapeake, 14 Other Energy Companies Have Drilling Permits for Utica Shale in Ohio (4/18/11)

MDN Calendar (Sep 25 – Oct 8th)


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