Sunday, June 22, 2014

Let's Stop Forced / Compulsory Pooling

North Carolina: Reject Forced/Compulsory Pooling ...
Compulsory pooling is used by oil and gas companies to force unleased or non-consenting landowners
into oil and gas leases. It is used when oil and gas operators are unable, through voluntary agreement, to
meet the acreage requirements for forming a drilling unit.

Compulsory pooling can result in the loss of your property rights and allow oil and gas companies
to force the leasing of your property. You can learn more by watching RAFI’s short video: Forced
Pooling 101.
Why is compulsory pooling bad for North Carolina?

• It is an abuse of Eminent Domain 
It takes away private property rights by forcing landowners to lease their oil and gas rights.
Dozens of landowners per drilling unit could be forced to lease their oil and gas rights.
Forced pooling is not necessary for natural gas development.

Pennsylvania and West Virginia do not allow compulsory pooling in the Marcellus Shale 
where hydraulic fracturing is currently taking place.
Compulsorily pooled landowners can be forced to pay a penalty for not signing a lease 

Take action against compulsory pooling! 
Here’s how:
Sign the petition

Here is a LTE wrote last year to our local paper discussing Forced Pooling .
No Means No
 Was how this Letter to the Editor came out in The Sanford Herald from Ed and Doris Harris , 
 If we, the people of North Carolina, allow our employees, The N.C mining and energy commission, The N.C Department of energy and natural resources and the N.C Legislature to continue on the path they are on with S.B. 820, S.B.76 and H.B.8, the State will OWN ALL property in North Carolina. You may buy property, pay taxes on property, improve property and create a home and life style on property BUT the State can at any time give your property rights to an industry that wants it for any reason. An industry can come onto your land cut down 200 year old forest, destroy fields, pastures, your peace and quiet and you have no say in the destruction of your property and life style. Of course “THEY” say that you will be compensated for loss or damages. “THEY” say that the land will be restored to its original condition. REALLY ??
  How do you restore/replace 100-200 year old trees?   How do you compensate someone for the loss of 100-200 year old hardwood forest and the habitat that it provides? How do you replace a good water well that is contaminated? A stream/creek ? A river ? Your farm pond ?  Fields ? Pastureland ? “THEY” say that it cannot, will not happen. I don’t believe “THEM”. I think that “THEY” are working for the Gas industry , feathering their own nest instead of protecting our property rights. To see the devastation that FRACKING has wrought on communities across the country, the health and environmental problems you only have to type “ anti – fracking “ into your search engine, hit enter and follow the leads. If we do not stand our ground the people that are supposed to be protecting our interest ( our employees} are going to give the GAS industry and any other industry that wants it, our property rights. They need to be made to understand that NO MEANS NO. We, the people, reserve the right of refusal!!     
W. Ed Jr. & Doris C. Harris


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