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  • cruzinlong Jan 15, 7:15 p.m.

    It sounds like where some people live they will have big idustrial operations going on very close to their homes, I don't know of anyone who would like that.

  • pinehorse Jan 15, 5:22 p.m.

    Fracking: Just another way to destroy our finite environment here on planet earth as we turn a blind eye toward the inevitable solution of solar energy. If solar is not the answer, we'll ask that again in 50 years when all the fossil fuel reserves are at critical levels.

  • SARCASTICLES Jan 14, 7:14 p.m.

    This is a prime example of how the Democrats will "take our freedoms away" whenever they get the majority in government.

    We need to all remember those freedom hatin' Democrats in the next election, and replace them with republicans....the "smaller government" party of FREEDOM.

  • goldenosprey Jan 14, 12:57 p.m.

    Pooling looks like something out of Mao's China or Stalin's USSR. Or what the US did to the Indians...

  • rushbot Jan 11, 7:53 p.m.

    NO! NO! NO! The republicans and their legislative majority are behind this! And Art Pope's hand picked governor will do nothing to protect the regular citizens of NC. Now we will pay the price!!!

  • peterpepper Jan 11, 7:11 p.m.

    Here's a HUGE PROBLEM that the MEC needs to tweak from old laws on the books here in NC. ( not that it'll get any better)
    Land CAN be taken by eminent domain by the gas companies for running pipelines all over it . Want that in and all over YOUR backyard , literally ?

    Forced pooling by gas companies is a huge injustice for several reasons , main one being a LOT of people IN the " chosen land" for this activity do NOT OWN THEIR MINERAL RIGHTS , only SURFACE RIGHTS.
    Landowners in that posistion get the shaft anyway you look at it for the owners of the mineral rights are the only ones that stand to profit: mineral rights trump surface rights, period. ( don't own your mineral rights? tough luck .)
    Another thing that is really bad is the gas companies can put up HUGE drill pads, etc. way too close to your homes unless something changes....how does 250 feet from your backdoor sound ?
    Bottom line, property owners who live on said prop. need to be protected !

  • Terkel Jan 11, 6:45 p.m.

    rocket, don't wait till it comes to that, because it will be too late.

  • ljwhitmire Jan 11, 6:33 p.m.

    If this power goes unchecked, then the corporations can do anything they want by waiving a few jobs and claiming it will impact the economy. You're either a property owner or not. If I own the property, then it's mine and the only thing that can override that fact is "public" good. However, public good has been co-opted to mean anything that corporations want. Sorry, but the taking of land or forced land use should be done sparingly and rarely, not as a daily course of business.

  • Terkel Jan 11, 6:25 p.m.

    rocket, it might be taken by eminent domain, which requires compensation. But it doesn't require market value compensation and which common man has the resources to take on the state govt in court? Even if you did, you could be dead and gone before it's settled.

  • Rebelyell55 Jan 11, 6:14 p.m.

    Like the way they change the headline to something more closely to the actual thing they're trying to fiquire out. This has nothing to do with Imminent domain, this flat out allowing Gas companies to take over you property. This ain't for the goverment, but for the gas companies using the goverment to force people off their land. So far there are several issues coming to light about this fracking business that some are just now waking up to. It really needs to be stopped before it's set in stone and their nothing the citizens can do about.

  • drjones74 Jan 11, 5:08 p.m.

    Business over riding individual freedom. Conservative heads must be imploding over the clash of their two ideologies

  • Banned4Life Jan 11, 4:31 p.m.

    This is only the beginning. We've got to get rid of these pesky regulations and laws that stand in between busineesses and their profits. Ooops, I mean JOBS. Yeah, that's the ticket. These landowner laws, environmental protections, all those are jobs killers and need to go. By the way, imminent domain is for the good of the many and is typically reserved for governments, but private corporations can ask the government to step in if it benefits their profits as well. Think of the Railroads of the 19th century. Thus, a very few men may profit handsomely at the expense of the many who lose all rights to their own property. These are the people you've elected, now deal with the consequences.

  • AFSC426X3 Jan 11, 4:13 p.m.

    It is called "Imminent Domain" (spelling ?) If DOT can take your land, why can't another government organization do the same thing? All for the good of the people I guess. Or at least that's what our officials say.

  • WageSlave Jan 11, 3:51 p.m.

    I know our court system is all kinds of messed up but if they really started taking land with no compensation it would end up in court. And I can't imagine it would hold up.
    rocket

    I never though the National Defense Authorization Act and the Patriot Act would hold up. This country would not know freedom if it bit us in the backend.

  • WageSlave Jan 11, 3:49 p.m.

    Will we see a weird coalition of environmentalists and libertarians resist this?
    goldenosprey

    You better believe it. This is more disgusting that the government making you pay property taxes on YOUR land.

  • rocket Jan 11, 3:22 p.m.

    "Ok, let say your land been in the family for century, ya don't want to sell it. But now ya got to, and at their price, not yours. Is that Ok?"

    No, that wouldn't be OK. If it really comes to that I will be against it.

  • remer54 Jan 11, 3:04 p.m.

    It time for Americans too take our country back. I guess soon we will all be living in FEMA camps and doing slave labor.

  • goldenosprey Jan 11, 1:05 p.m.

    It seems antithetical to the crowd who despises mandatory unions and gun control. Big Gov at its worst. Will we see a weird coalition of environmentalists and libertarians resist this?

  • froggygirl Jan 11, 12:59 p.m.

    Compulsory pooling is just that, compulsory--which means that the property owners don't have a choice, whether they approve of the drilling or not.

  • Rebelyell55 Jan 11, 12:18 p.m.

    I know our court system is all kinds of messed up but if they really started taking land with no compensation it would end up in court. And I can't imagine it would hold up.

    rocket
    January 11, 2013 11:47 a.m.............Ok, let say your land been in the family for century, ya don't want to sell it. But now ya got to, and at their price, not yours. Is that Ok?

  • Rebelyell55 Jan 11, 12:16 p.m.

    NY State already did their own study and pronounced fracking safe. Why do we need another study?

    crazywater
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    This study group ain't about safty, they're studing on how to take someone's land that don't want any drilling to add to lease property next to it. They're already stated that they can drill on property and drill under your property even if ya don't sell them the mineral rights for your property. They'll send this to be made into law, so forget the court system, and what's worse is once this is done, it can be applied later for whatever reason. It's for this reason and others that many are now jumping on the anti-fracking band wagon. Not because of enviromental concerns, but because of property rights abuse. Taking our drinking water to use for fracking. People this ain't looking good for the citizens of NC.

  • rocket Jan 11, 11:47 a.m.

    "Forget gas land, ya better look at how they're planning on taking you land and there is nothing you can do about it."

    I know our court system is all kinds of messed up but if they really started taking land with no compensation it would end up in court. And I can't imagine it would hold up.

  • Rebelyell55 Jan 11, 11:36 a.m.

    Forget gas land, ya better look at how they're planning on taking you land and there is nothing you can do about it.

  • crazywater Jan 11, 11:26 a.m.

    NY State already did their own study and pronounced fracking safe. Why do we need another study?

  • Rebelyell55 Jan 11, 11:22 a.m.

    Ok, I understand why some may want this, (money), but the shortsightness of some is beyond imagnination. This group is meeting to determine how to take your land for drilling. You pay property taxes for years, and now the gas company will use the state goverment power to take you land if needed to set up a drilling site. Road to that site, across you land. Pipe line across you land to pump the gas out. Wake up people, this ain't set in stone yet. Once this is in place for drill for gas, the goverment can use this for other reason later on. So don't think it won't effect you just because you're no where near the areas set for drilling. Years from now they'll use this as a mean to take property for any reason. I know most are concern about the dangers that may happen, but now it's more than that. It's about property rights, your rights. Our state tax dollars are being spent at the profit of a few and the gas companies at an alarming rate.

  • rocket Jan 11, 10:44 a.m.

    "Watch the documentary Gasland."

    Gasland is a one sided hit piece supported and funded by special interest. So watch it with a grain of salt.

  • mommyof4 Jan 11, 10:28 a.m.

    Watch the documentary Gasland.

  • goldenosprey Jan 11, 10:05 a.m.

    Drink up, everyone.

    If you dare...
    Long after our meager cost-ineffective reserves are depleted and the few dozen dirty jobs gone to, we'll still be living with the water table damage for generations.

  • bigsky59 Jan 11, 10:02 a.m.

    We don't need this energy right now.
    Jobs and revitalizing the economy this way is short sited.
    You never know which way the plume of pollution will travel or who it will devastate (as long as it's not one of us --- who cares? right?).
    When the aquifer is polluted, it can't or won't be cleaned up by man.
    This will be our legacy to our children's children all for a bit of money that will evaporate before our eyes.

  • piene2 Jan 11, 9:54 a.m.

    Fracking is coming and it is going t be one hundred percent on the developers terms. What the people want will not enter into the equation.

  • vincenzo9198 Jan 11, 9:11 a.m.

    I hope fracking's allowed, but WITHOUT compulsory pooling-denying the former or mandating the latter will be more red tape, which we don't need.

  • Banned4Life Jan 11, 9:02 a.m.

    I get it now. This is a panel designed to figure out ways to take away people's rights to their own land in the event that they want to hold out for better money or don't want any drilling on their land period. I suppose the industry is thinking ahead and planning for the day when someone actually opposes them and their money. Smart move Big oil/gas! Get this kind of stuff out of the way up front so you can get on with the business of bigger profits.

  • The Yoda Jan 11, 8:59 a.m.

    It is nice to see our state finally moving forward on the things that will re-energize our economy and create jobs instead of the backward policies of the last 12 years of leftist Governors.

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