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O&G News: Families Held at Gunpoint in Fayette County, Pennsylvania

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Hyattsville, MD

#1 Jun 4, 2012
Source: http://www.frackcheckwv.net/2012/06/03/famili...

Article date: May 22, 2012

Today was a frightening and horrific experience for David and Linda Headley of Springhill Twp, Fayette County along with friends, Phyllis Carr, husband Larry and granddaughter, 17 year old Rhonda Carr. The Headley’s purchased a farm in 2010 without the gas rights.

The family was aware of the possibility of drilling but never imagined the negative effects the drilling would have on their family and property. David & Linda recently went to a Fayette County Commissioners Meeting to protest ACT 13 drilling in residentual area and carried with them a jar of methane/oil that was leaking from one of the well heads. Their horses have nosebleeds and they have sores on the bottom of their hoofs. The Headley’s claim their farm is contaminated. Testing was done on the property and they are waiting for the results.

In 2011 the Headley’s signed a gas pipe easement. Laurel Mountain Midstream, LLC contracted a company to start construction. Ground broke for the pipeline in early April. Mr. Headley claims that after 2,000 ft was constructed for the pipeline, the company changed their minds, abandoned the project and decided they would take a another route on his property. Meanwhile this company hired Templar Protection, LLC to provide security to the area. The license plate on the security car read Lousiana even though the internet states their office to be in Petersburg, Florida.

A constable named Julie Delaware was on David & Linda Headley’s private drive on their property last night. When David questioned why she was on his property, her answer was I am here because your name is on the list along with others!! David told her to leave. Late last night, the Headley’s roped off the area that was going to be the new easement for the pipeline. Early this morning Phyllis Carr and her husband along with their granddaughter went to the Headley farm to offer their support and to video tape what was going on. A local newspaper, The Herald Standard was supposed to send a newsperson, but did not.

The Headley’s and the Carr’s claim that 5 PA State Police cars rushed in on the Headley’s Farm and the officers held them all at gun point!! They told everyone that they were going to search them and their vehicles, but did not. The Headley’s and the Carr’s were told to remove themselves from the property and stand in the middle of a township road with the police guns loaded and pointed at them. The families involved claim that the police did not give them their names. The families are trying today to find out the names of these state police and who called them to come to the property. A gentlemen named Clayton J. Harris arrived on the scene the same time the police came. Mr. Harris has been given Power of Attorney for Laurel Mountain Midstream, LLC & Williams for all the agreements that grant easements, rights of way, licenses, permits, etc.
Dead Serious

Weston, WV

#2 Jun 4, 2012
STUPID STUPID STUPID!!!!! 1. WHY was the State Police involved???? 2. WHO are these constables hired by and IF they are hired as security for the O & G companies then they DO NOT have the same powers as deputies or police ----

FOR ALL OF YOU OUT THERE WHO ARE IN A POSITION TO HAVE TROUBLE -- PLEASE take the time and effort to purchase a tape recorder or video camera and or still camers ---

When you go to the door -- have one or the other in your hand and turned on ---- When you leave your house --- have one or the other in your hand and ready to turn on ---- Even if you don't point the video camera --- tape the voice ---

PROTECT YOURSELF!!!! AT ALL TIMES (believe me -- thye are doing just that -- ANY time they are around they either have a person with them or a tape recorder going ----)

You keep that camera with you everywhere you go and DOWNLAOD each and every time you use the camera on something like vemio -- you tube ---

I will say this -- they have their rights -- you have your rights -- somewhere in the middle we have to come to some type of peace -- we can't let this type of action happen on either side.
Old Guy

United States

#3 Jun 5, 2012
May have been in Pa. but (for those who know WV history)looks likes Baldwin-Phelps all over again!!
Guess what folks......we're next.
Dead Serious

Weston, WV

#4 Jun 5, 2012
We have other ways and means to protect ourselves --- I mentioned a few in my post above ---

Now, I want to say the STUPID STUPID STUPID was for the police who got involved WITH GUNS --- Did they have search warrents or a Judge's order????? Did the family call them---

The Oil and Gas Companies need to begin to act like what they are -- GUESTS ---- they don't actually OWN ANYTHING --- with a right of way they have the RIGHT TO PASS THROUGH ----

As I said before PROTECT YOURSELF but DON'T bring out guns or threaten with them --- don't give the O & G companies the chance to make it look like YOU are the CRAZY ONE or the one at fault!
Dead Serious

Weston, WV

#5 Jun 5, 2012
BTW -- Pa law is different from WV --- Make sure you know where you stand with the law ---(IF you sign ANY contracts with them make sure and att0rney goes over it and add that amount to the fees that you collect for the right of ways!)

Hyattsville, MD

#6 Jun 5, 2012
Dead Serious wrote:
BTW -- Pa law is different from WV --- Make sure you know where you stand with the law ---(IF you sign ANY contracts with them make sure and att0rney goes over it and add that amount to the fees that you collect for the right of ways!)
Outside of the scope of signed contracts, didn't we just recently have a similar problem here in WV, where off duty deputies were working as road escorts / thugs for one of these companies?

If anyone still has the link to the news article from earlier this year. Please, please, please post it again. It got very little news coverage and then disappeared quickly.(Imagine that!)

Since: Apr 12

Candler, NC

#8 Jun 6, 2012
I read this article and am appalled.
get outta Dodge --ridge

United States

#9 Jun 6, 2012
Beth Paull Love wrote:
I read this article and am appalled.
Those articles while outrageous are nothing compared to a busload of articles I've read of even worse antics. We are fighting a dirty industry who will stop at nothing to come here and get their huge profits at the expense of the little people. Remember, these drillers came from out west where a person's ranch that got drilled was a thousand or more acres. Here they butt their wells up against people's houses within 600 ft!

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