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Monday, April 26, 2010

Our Forests Are Gifts That Cannot Be Replaced...........

There is a plaque on a bench on the hillside over looking a wilderness area in Northern California, and it says:

"...to try to save for everyone, for the hostile and indifferent as well as the committed, some of the health that flows down along the green ridges from the Skyline, and some of the beauty and refreshment of spirit that are still available to any resident of the valley who has a moment, and the wit, to lift up his eyes unto the hills." -Wallace Stegner


We need this sentiment in Potter County too.

The land does not belong to us to benefit the few for a short time who need a job. Yes, jobs are important, but the beauty and life of our forests are gifts that cannot be replaced.

And we do not have the right to destroy them for all, for ourselves and our children and their children just for the benefit of a few people who need a job now and for the gas companies who are looking at a most wonderful and promising get-rich-quick opportunity.

We need to save our forests for everyone who comes after us. No matter what anyone tries to tell you about how environmentally friendly these drilling operations are, they are not. There is nothing friendly about drilling for gas and to force this blight on our public lands should not be allowed.

These are public lands to be enjoyed by all of the people for all of the time.

Carolyn and Allen Berfield

30 comments :

Anonymous said...

you are so right we are headed down the path of no return for the sake of the almighty dollar

Anonymous said...

Carolny and Allen,
Wind turbines on our beautiful ridges will scar this county forever. The idea is noble, the reality is tragic. The one thing wind turbines fail to do the most is to produce useable electric. The one thing they do the best is destroy, friendships, peace, quite, and the beauty of our area.
Thank you for your insight.

Anonymous said...

have to agree with the wind turbine comment. as far as gas drilling on public lands...a little too late, should have shared your opinion with Gov. Rendell and our legislature awhile ago.

Anonymous said...

Just like trying to find a virgin to marry around here.

Better chance of winning the lottery.

Anonymous said...

I bet if they had 100 acres of their own land to lease, they wouldn't be saying anything but thank you.

Anonymous said...

i think they're talking about public land. private land is another story. drill the private land. we all have a collective interest in the public land. if there is going to be drilling there, we all should truly benefit. all the $s going to Harrisburg isn't really going to help us much.

Anonymous said...

They allow the state forest to be harvested responsibly but not much of that revenue goes to the local school district or county it is harvested in...they will drill, the lions portion of the revenue MUST GO TO local government and school districts. NOT Pitts. and Philly!

Rendell is spending this money before it is even received, think about it, did he not just promise to raise the education funding in the hundreds of thousands?

Ya, he sure is trust worthy!!!

Anonymous said...

An alternative /sensible solution to both drilling and wind would be for government to start support hydro-cell technology (example: bloom energy) Then we wouldn't have to scar our land and ruin our environment for future generations. Alternate solutions exist ..unfortunately big industries controls government.

Carolyn and Allen Berfield said...

We did contact Gov. Rendell and our legislatures just as soon as we became aware of the threat to our county. But we are the voices of just two people. Even though we were and continue to be loud voices, more people need to shout right along with us.
Even private land is "owned" by us for a very short time and we must ask ourselves how we want to leave it for the generations that come after us. It saddens me to think of any of the pristine land in our area becoming speckled with frac ponds and separation tanks.
But I refer to public forest lands here. Our state forests belong to all of us and all of the generations after us. We do not have the right to destroy them.
Carolyn

Anonymous said...

Carolyn and Allen Berfield, how much land do you own privately? I'm sure all of it will not be touched. As for me, I own 500+ acres, and it is all under wind and gas contracts. I won't tell you what to do with your land, please don't try and tell me what to do with mine.

Gas

Anonymous said...

Gas...

Been meaning to put your fire out for a while now....

Try this on for size...

SHUT THE FRACK UP!!!

Beano...

Anonymous said...

"SHUT THE FRACK UP!!!"

Not too bad, but you can just kiss my GAS!!! :)

Gas

Brother Nature said...

Gas....we will all leave you alone just as soon as you give us all a money backed guarantee that any of the drilling and fracking done on your property won't have ANY adverse affect on the rest of us.

Can you do that??? If not, then shut your gashole!!

Anonymous said...

Seems to me that some people are smoking way too much weed

Anonymous said...

Gas-

You let your slip show. Owning 500 acres in the area you should be on the short list to find and monitor. I promise you that if you contaminate one drop water or damage one blade of grass or any of our natural resources outside of your now ruined property there are plenty of us that will pursue you and your drilling company legally. Speaking for myself I would spend my last dime making sure that you are held responsible.

Anonymous said...

Gas -

You are a funny guy...
Keep drinking your water from your well. Bet your wiener will fall off in about a year. You should have plenty of money by then to by a prosthetic one to replace it! LOL!

Beano...

Anonymous said...

Brother,

Of course I can't guarantee my frack won't affect your water any more than you can guarantee your septic won't affect MY water...

I can guarantee that I have done everything required to make it as safe as possible, though.

Gas

Anonymous said...

i tell you what...

after i get filthy rich off of gas, i will buy 2 pristine acres and let all of you huggers sit in the middle and admire the trees. while sitting in the moss, you can put beads in each others hair while you watch the tree spirits and elves play in the ferns. won't that be grand?

Anonymous said...

"Speaking for myself I would spend my last dime making sure that you are held responsible."

That's good. Please keep paying your gas bill every month 'till then though. I'll need all the money I can get to fight your enormous bankroll.

Gas

Anonymous said...

Poster 9:27am - Thank you for your most generous offer. But by the time we are done with suing your behind off you won't have a pot to piss in. We're telling you now be very careful. We are actively monitoring and watching these drilling operations . You do realize that any permits are tracked and are public knowledge posted on the DEP website. Place, Drilling Outfit, OWNER, etc… All listed on there. Don't make a mistake. There will be huge legal ramifications if you do. Promise.

Tree-Hugger

Anonymous said...

"Poster 9:27am - Thank you for your most generous offer. But by the time we are done with suing your behind off you won't have a pot to piss in. We're telling you now be very careful. We are actively monitoring and watching these drilling operations . You do realize that any permits are tracked and are public knowledge posted on the DEP website. Place, Drilling Outfit, OWNER, etc… All listed on there. Don't make a mistake. There will be huge legal ramifications if you do. Promise."

RU kidding me? You people have no idea what is on the way. Do you think threats of legal actions will deter any company from tapping into the TRILLIONS of dollars in the shale? There is not enough money in all of Pennsylvania to stop it. Just a FYI.

Gas

Anonymous said...

Gas-You'd be surprised what can be done with so little. There are always consequences. You keep thinking big. Drill baby drill. Do not make any mistakes.

Tree-Hugger

Anonymous said...

Gas (a.k.a. Goliath)…

I couldn’t agree more with Tree-Hugger…. There is a lot that can be accomplished with very little. Use these posts as an example. This string of posts of yours or any pro-drilling advocate clearly shows that you just do not care about the area, its pristine natural resources, or your neighbors. I am certain you can’t have too many friends as neighbors anymore. One might say that it could be used to show the general sentiment and intent of all of the land owners willing to put this all in jeopardy. Printed off or electronic records from this post could be subpoenaed. Turning my printer on right now. An environmental lawyer would just love this kind of stuff. Can you say pro bono??? In my opinion I can’t see why a judge won’t take this kind of stuff into consideration if something would happen and hold you and your drilling company liable. Again, just my opinion. Boy it sure would get lonely for you guys….. I could see it going that way. You’ve been drawn out and is apparent by your own written words you fell victim to one of the seven deadly sins. Greed. It is a real shame you fell on your own sword. This will be my last comment and I am sure you and your pro-drilling friends will be happy. I am sure the moderator will be rolling this off soon anyways. But we will not go away…..

Beano (a.k.a. David)…

Anonymous said...

Gas. Hot air. Flatus!

Anonymous said...

Everyone should check out the documnentary Gaslands. If you google it you can see some interesting interviews and clips.

Anonymous said...

Flatus?

Anonymous said...

Also google the movie "Split Estate"

BTW, gas's 500 acres could be in multiple smaller parcels too

Anonymous said...

It is so easy to jerk you tree huggers chains. I can play you like a drum. You get all worked into a lather over a blog on the internet. :)

"Printed off or electronic records from this post could be subpoenaed. Turning my printer on right now."

Did ya get it printed? Ya know you ruined a tree for that. I hope you don't quit your "job" as an environut to become a lawyer... Do I have 500 acres under contract or 5,000? How many wind mills am I getting? Am I even from Potter County? I forget, do I have 5 or 15 deep wells on my property? Hmmm...

"BTW, gas's 500 acres could be in multiple smaller parcels too"

Ohhhhhhhhh, the mystery continues...

J. Knowlten said...

haha the people of potter county fighting like this are stupid.

Anonymous said...

poster 8:32am - i thought someone brought up the fact that all of the information in relation to the wells are public knowledge directly from the dep web site in an earlier post. doesn't matter if land is broken up or not. the fact is you can be identified. it would behoove you to quit spouting off.

just saying