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Most often, our messing around and meddling in the affairs of other countries have unintended consequences. Sometimes just over in those countries that we mess with. We might support one faction, and it doesn’t work, and it’s used against us. But there’s the blowback effect, that the CIA talks about, that it comes back to haunt us later on. For instance, a good example of this is what happened in 1953 when our government overthrew the Mossadegh government and we installed the Shah, in Iran. And for 25 years we had an authoritarian friend over there, and the people hated him, they finally overthrew him, and they’ve resented us ever since. That had a lot to do with the taking of the hostages in 1979, and for us to ignore that is to ignore history… Also we’ve antagonized the Iranians by supporting Saddam Hussein, encouraging him to invade Iran. Why wouldn’t they be angry at us? But the on again off again thing is what bothers me the most. First we’re an ally with Osama bin Laden, then he’s our archenemy. Our CIA set up the madrasah schools, and paid money, to train radical Islamists, in Saudi Arabia, to fight communism… But now they’ve turned on us… Muslims and Arabs have long memories, Americans, unfortunately, have very short memories, and they don’t remember our foreign policy that may have antagonized… The founders were absolutely right: stay out of the internal affairs of foreign nations, mind our own business, bring our troops home, and have a strong defense. I think our defense is weaker now than ever.”
  —Ron Paul
 Interview by Laura Knoy on NHPR, June 5, 2007

As Fracking Boom Hits Ohio, Deceptive Industry Practices Squeeze Landowners

 As Fracking Boom Hits Ohio, Deceptive Industry Practices Squeeze Landowners

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Ohio is a latest state strike by fracking mania. The process, that requires pulling millions of gallons of water, silt and industrial chemicals into shale wells to detonate stone and pull out oil and gas, took off after a find of large healthy gas deposits in a Utica shale underlying eastern Ohio final July.

Governor John Kasich sent a summary that Ohio was open for business, essay to appetite association CEOs around a country, mouth-watering them to partner with a state to make fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, a vital member of his mercantile plan. Until final year, there were usually a few wells handling in Ohio. There are now 40, and a governor’s orator pronounced subsequent year there could be 5 times as many. 

Kasich says environmental protections and regulations are critical to him, though a riot so distant has meant people and a sourroundings have suffered. Not usually has a process been linked to earthquakes and water contamination in a state, though a industry’s false leasing practices are increasingly causing alarm among Ohioans.

Early final October, Cunningham Energy, a West Virginia-based oil and gas producer, hosted a leasing open residence during Ohio University, and More Welch, an Athens county resident, went to scrutinise about what it would meant to sell his vegetable rights. Cunningham deputy Drake Stevens available Welch to record a conversation, that was after supposing to EcoWatch, an environmental media non-profit. The audio of a interaction, and the transcription of a conversation, reveals Cunningham member dubious Welch about a chemicals used in a technique and a terms of a lease, and quoting him a vastly under-market land price.

When Welch asks either a association uses chemicals in a process, Stevens replies, “We don’t put any chemicals down in a ground. We usually use regular, uninformed water.” Another deputy who identifies himself merely as John and says he does a negotiating, after backtracks and asserts that they use “sand and H2O with a domicile chemicals” like “Dawn, uh, dishwashing detergent.”

As he walks by a lease, Stevens implies to Welch that a landowner has a choice as to either to replenish a franchise after a initial five-year term. “I trust if we don’t wish to have a choice to recover we can usually do a customary five-year lease,” Stevens says. The tangible franchise supposing to Welch states a opposite. It stipulates that renewing a franchise is Cunningham’s prerogative, that a landowner has no contend in it.

Finally, when Welch asks what a association will compensate per acre, Drake quotes him $200, dramatically reduction than marketplace value, that is between $2,500 and $3,500 an acre, according to Russell Chamberlain, a genuine estate attorney and owners of Athens Real Estate Company in Athens, Ohio. Cunningham Energy says a cost per hactare it offers depends on plcae and varies from $1 to $2,500.

When asked to respond to a essence of Welch’s audio, Joe Blackhurst, a land administrator during Cunningham, who spoke with Welch during a open house, and whose name is on a franchise supposing to him, said, “I don’t trust a reps knew they were being recorded, nor did they give accede to be recorded.” In a recording Stevens does give Welch pithy accede to fasten a conversation. Blackhurst went on to say, “Besides, what they [the Cunningham representatives] pronounced is true. The chemicals we use are ordinarily found in common domicile cleaners underneath your cabinet.”

The brew of chemicals found in Dawn differs from those used in fracking fluid. Though usually a tiny fragment of a glass is stoical of chemicals, when millions of gallons of H2O are used, it still means hundreds of gallons of chemicals are bloody into a ground, according to a report on a fracking technique by a New York City Department of Environmental Protection.


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