According to the Star-Telegram, there were over 200 extremely pissed off people at the West Meadowbrook neighborhood pipeline hearing last night. I was there even if caring about what happens in my favorite city makes me a radical knuckelhead.
Jerry Lobdill gave an excellent presentation, “Bringing Sanity to the Urban Gas Drilling and Production Mania,” and I just happen to have a copy that will be posted around the “Internets” soon.
Most touching moment #1 was when the mother of a young woman in Iraq, asked Chesapeake not to take her daughter’s house. Her daughter has been serving in Iraq for 6 years and is using the money she earns to pay for the house. Chesapeake is threatening them with eminent domain.
Most touching moment #2 was this woman, in the turquoise dress,
telling Chesapeake that they can’t take the home she has lived in since she was 19 years old. She in now 72. Chesapeake is exercising eminent domain. She requested that they give her until after the meeting last night before she signed the paper (what amounted to a 2 day wait). Chesapeake refused.
Most confusing moment: Lon Burnham saying that we had a moral obligation to produce the gas.
How can a corporation take a citizens home under eminent domain for the profit of that corporation? How does that work?