THIS STORY should start with the background. First look at the photos.
It seems a man is not allowed to carry a shotgun on his own property in PA. This confrontation involved Williams, one of our least favorite operators here in the Barnett Shale. True to form, Williams did not keep their word.
Headley, 53, of Springhill in Fayette County, did not fire on anyone the day he carried the weapon outside to talk to workers, but his confrontation with pipeline company workers has drawn attention. It brought Pennsylvania State Police and the courts down on him and attracted activists, researchers and journalists from across the country to his home.
They are allowed to patrol your property while armed but you can’t.
“I just wanted to patrol my property, to make sure they didn’t cause me any harm that day,” Headley said. “Their security that came out the night before was armed, so I didn’t know what kind of trouble there was going to be the next morning.”
Work was halted when Williams
caused took a leak in a stream. (reader suggested correction)
In another story some protesters blocked construction of a pad site in the Moshannon Forest by sitting in some of the trees designated for removal. Some of the tree sitters have been arrested. They have a way to donate to bail funds.
For a peaceful way to protest, come to DC for the STOP THE FRACK ATTACK rally.
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Chip Northrup says
He had two shallow gas wells on his property, one of which was re-entered for shale gas – and it leaked. Reporter mentions “old coal” mines as a possible source of methane leaks, but there aren’t any old coals mine on the property – just a leaking gas well. Sooner or later, all of those aging wellbores are going to leak. Then it’s time to bring out the Perrier.
Fish Creek Neighbor says
Can we still say that this is America ~ land of the free ~ when we have lost the right to protect our family and property?
We as peasants have lost nearly ALL our so-called “rights” in America. Corporate America RULES supreme!
The Gas Oil Party is changing the name of America to AmeriKa.
FM WatchDog says
I just can’t wait till one of these companies crosses the line with an ultra-conservative ranch owner. I bet I know which “conservative” will win that battle. The one defending HIS/HER land.
It’s pretty outrageous that they can come on our land bearing arms but we can’t even carry an unloaded shotgun. However, Mrs. Burns on Rancho los Malulos carried her pistola everywhere she went.
With the goings on there, she’d be crazy NOT to be armed! Yet, she had a run around about even that, as I recall.
Confirmed: Fracking can pollute
The spin types will be working hard on this one.
Now some people in Canada don’t trust their own Government to report pipeline spills anymore:
It’s also Judgment Day, of sorts, for Enbridge Tuesday, with the NTSB releasing it’s Report on the Marshall MI tar sands crude spill:
“WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will hold a meeting to determine the probable cause and consider safety recommendations for a pipeline rupture and oil spill accident.
On July 25, 2010, an Enbridge Incorporated 30-inch-diameter pipeline ruptured and released crude oil into a wetland area in Marshall, Michigan. The rupture occurred during the last stages of a planned shutdown and was not discovered or addressed for over 17 hours. Cleanup efforts are ongoing; related costs to date have exceeded $767 million.”
Then, the US CSB will have a 2 day Hearing about the Macondo Deepwater Horizon blowout soon:
“The U.S. Chemical Safety Board today announced a public hearing to support its continued analysis of effective safety performance indicators and to release preliminary findings into the agency’s investigation of the Macondo well blowout, explosion and fire in the Gulf of Mexico. The CSB’s two day hearing on July 23-24, 2012, in Houston, Texas, will feature presentations and discussions on measuring process safety performance in high hazard industries, including the development and implementation of leading and lagging indicators, for effective safety management.”
Meanwhile, oil & gas companies continue to imply “trust us”.