I too have heard that statement about 65 other Marcellus wells currently being engineered for this county. A lot of people are surface owners who are drilled on and don't make that decision.Also why are you attacking the John Erwin family? You say there are 65 other of these type wells being drilled in Doddridge County. I don't see you bashing these familie's names. Sounds like to me you are personally discriminating against them. If you are attacking Antero and their drilling then do so with ALL land and mineral rights owners who are permitting drilling on their properties. You sound intelligent but I think NOT! Leave people alone and use your time constructively.
Did you know that 50% of all suface land is owned by "absentee landowners" who live out of state? And 80% of the minerals are owned by people or companies out-of-state, so also absentee mineral owners.(Those figures from published research back in 1974 and 1984) and I understand now that a research groups is currently updating that data by court record searches statewide to see the current stats...due out this fall.
Most of the wells currently underway now or proposed soon are from leases dating as far back as 1920 or even older and not belonging to the surface owner. Perhaps in this guy's case he owned his minerals and made that proactive decision to drill. Absolutely his right to do so.
But, unfortunately, unlike conventional, shallow, vertical wells of the past, the Marcellus drilling most definitely affects much more than the landowner where the pad goes. Again, do some research about this on the internet.
Since you are on this site, you obviously enjoy using the internet to share opinions and exchange ideas and information. Please start googling fracking issues and read what's out there.
For every (industry sponsored) research article that says shale gas drilling and horizontal fracking is safe, I guarantee I can produce at least a dozen other articles (by research universities not funded by the industry or environmental groups) that say otherwise.
Whole communities are having well water issues, strange rashes, nosebleeds, respiratory problems (read about silicosis for well workers) livestock issues,etc., and all are people living near these wells.
The emissions and use of extremely toxic chemicals in Marcellus drilling, wasn't what was used in conventional drilling. This is quite different. Fascinating to learn about. But also very scary.
Already the rhetoric is picking up from people just starting to feel the adverse impact from the little bit of drilling that's gotten underway here in Doddridge. Tip of the iceburg, and hopefully the research community can learn from it since PA is already having issues.
Time will tell for Doddridge citizens, won't it?