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Do state governments sufficiently regulate fracking of natural gas?

The removal of gas from the shale layers employs a process called fracking which, as I understand it, essentialy cracks and crushes the shale layer (through explosives) thus freeing the gas, which is washed out with chemically treated salt water. The companies who do this are mostly from the West, and have moved to the fields in the East (such as, Marcellus Shale), where they expertly maneuver through ill-suited Eastern laws, pay landowners sums that seem large to poor people, and damage the land through many levels of earth, to capture the gas and make millions. I believe the States in the East are turning a blind eye to the danger and abuses and frauds because the money has been good, compared to no money. I think there should be a moratorium on fracking, pending legislative study. I would like payment of my delay rental first, though, because I likewise turn a blind eye to potential damage in exchange for dollars.

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  • Apr 10 2013: I don't know what the law is in Pa. In Texas they can go to court to force this.
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      Apr 10 2013: Yikes. But, I suppose the government recognizes a public interest that overrides property ownership. Come to think of it, I'm pretty sure we're almost the only country in the world that recognizes private ownership of mineral interests. I think elsewhere the government owns below the surface. I'm not too upset over any of the ownership aspects, but I do worry about the water, etc. Anyway, that's interesting about Texas. Do they frack there, the shale layer? Or is more the types of wells they show in the movies? Thanks so much for responding!

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