I grew up in Philadelphia and well-know that the state of Pennsylvania is part of the heart and soul of our country’s beginnings. The state takes extra pride and care in preserving everything that is historical, so you would wonder how and why a law like Act 13 was passed. Act 13 was presented as a pro-business, pro-clean-energy proposition; a totally misleading situation. Act 13 basically gives the natural gas companies the ability to ignore local laws, seize any private properties and quiet any physician reports from ill health of the process called hydraulic fracturing. This is a very controversial method that pumps huge amounts of chemicals and water into wells that are vertically drilled for the purpose of the release of hydrocarbons. By passing this law, the State of Pennsylvania has affected over 2,000 municipalities, requiring that private citizens relinquish all of their rights and giving the natural gas companies the ability for self-government. This is like asking the fox to watch the hen house and the hen house has an open door.
This entire project was accomplished with the combined effort of the Republican representatives working with the oil and natural gas industries to create a 174 page bill in the backroom, to deliberately misrepresent the proposition to the people. It literally gives all rights to the oil and natural gas companies, allowing the drilling and fracking. Negotiation can be done regarding how the drilling is done, but it removes the rights of any other individuals to say ‘no drilling’ can be done. The ability to seize property, including company or private property is an outrage.
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