Washington, PA Neighborhood Concerned about Range Drilling Plan

There are, in MDN’s book, two types of opposition to shale drilling–legitimate and illegitimate. Under the illegitimate heading are the nutters who want to ban shale drilling because it extracts a fossil fuel. We call them global warming Kool Aid drinkers. They lie about shale drilling at every turn in an attempt to enlist the support of the hoi polloi, the common folk, to oppose it. That’s what’s happened in New York. Then you have what we would call legitimate opposition–or perhaps a better word is “concern” about shale drilling. That comes from people who live in residential neighborhoods who aren’t thrilled about the truck traffic, noise, dust, nighttime lights and other negatives that come with shale drilling. The adult approach is to try and find a compromise–a way to accommodate shale drilling but reduce its impact on those who live nearby. Range Resources faces such a situation with a plan to drill a 3-well pad that may eventually go to 10 wells in a residential area of Chartiers (Washington County), PA. The pad would be about 1,000 feet from the nearest home–less than 2/10ths of mile. The neighbors are understandably concerned…

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