Y'all, it's not even the first time in recent memory we've lost property rights. And that didn't go viral, either.
That's what I thought I knew about Auburn, WV, from my research: there would be infrastructure issues. So I had expectations of what I'd probably hear. But sometimes your expectations are just WRONG.
These lobbyists talked about compromise and what was best for everyone, and then behind closed doors their well-paid friends in the Committee quietly stripped most of the protections for minority owners from the bill before it was presented.
John Adams wrote that our representatives must have some check to restrain them "when their desires are for... injustice, cruelty and the ruin of the minority. And that the desires of the majority of the people are often for injustice and inhumanity against the minority, is demonstrated by every page of history...
Lobbyists are pushing WV legislators to pass Forced Pooling again this year... because of course they are. They think we're powerless. Time to give them a piece of your mind.
Tax money was used to subsidize the destruction of a WV community's clean water so coal execs could further enrich themselves. Then the people who live in that community pay water bills from now unto eternity.
Infants born to mothers who lived within two miles of a fracking well are less healthy and more underweight than babies born to mothers who lived even a little further away...
Children with a low birth weight have been found to have lower test scores, lower lifetime earnings, and higher rates of reliance on welfare programs throughout their lives.'
'Oil and gas workers didn't seem to appreciate the "Go home frackers" sign in Lyndia Ervolina's front yard here in northern West Virginia, where Marcellus Shale wells dot the landscape.
'"It was so amusing. I'd watch them out the kitchen window," Ervolina said during a recent interview at her home. "These guys would walk over and look at that sign, and then one of them would kick it. They'd knock it down on the ground and stomp on it and walk away...'
China would prefer the U.S. to be less competitive in the future, to fall behind in creating renewable energy infrastructure, to have to buy our solar panels from THEM, while our politicians fall all over themselves to move us backward rather than ahead.