5 responses to Amish, Drilling Companies and the Law
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    Damon Hickey
    Comment on Is it just about the bottom line? (June 13th, 2013 at 11:42)

    Is it just about the bottom line?

    The point of the New Republic article and this post seems to be that Amish farmers are getting cheated out of the profits they could be making on petrochemical leases if they were only willing to go to court. But what about the ethics of leasing to companies to expand fracking, which is, at best, environmentally risky? Ironically, these landowners are not only letting big companies endanger their land and water; they’re making it cheaper for them.

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      Comment on Multi-faceted issue (June 14th, 2013 at 09:53)

      Multi-faceted issue

      The aspect you bring up is definitely a part of the discussion. But I found this piece more interesting for how it fleshed out how Amish (or at least Amish of a certain persuasion) navigate the legal arena with regards to the hot energy topic, which I haven’t seen much coverage of anywhere else.

      The story sort of goes from the assumption that some Amish haven’t gotten market value for their rights and that is a bad thing.

      There wasn’t as much discussion either of the question of whether an energy windfall was a positive to begin with for Amish (in a communal or spiritual sense), though it was covered briefly in the paragraph I excerpted above.

      It is an interesting irony you point out…though in the last post I did on this it seemed interest in the Holmes area at least has diminished (for the time being)? Any local knowledge appreciated. http://amishamerica.com/fracking-fades-in-amish-ohio/

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        Comment on Amish, Drilling Companies and the Law (June 14th, 2013 at 12:48)

        I hear absolutely no talk about leasing around here (New Bedford, Holmes/Coshocton) which may seem sort of funny since I sent you the link. From what I gather, there was a rush a couple of years ago in hopes of big money from the shale reserves, but the reality seems to be that Holmes County sits too far to the west edge of the fields to be the best drilling option at the moment.
        Down in Guernsey County (Quaker City), a friend of mine got $500,000 up front for their 100 acre farm, plus will get a % when the well starts producing (drilling now). Not bad for a chunk of land that 15 years ago would have probably sold for $150,000. :-) Another man that had 400 acres over in the panhandle of WV is rolling in $6000/day. He told a friend of mine that he thinks he will become a millionaire. :-0
        Yeah, beware of the article’s anti-fracking talk. I havent bought the talk. I lived 200 yards from a [shallow] well being fracked and survived just fine. :-)

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          Comment on Grain of salt (June 14th, 2013 at 13:33)

          Grain of salt

          Thanks Mike for that info. That’s about what I heard in February, I think the operative phrase may be “at the moment”…easier sources elsewhere right now.

          The bad or potentially bad sides seem pretty well-covered in the media. It’s interesting to hear from someone who experienced fracking firsthand and found it a neutral or positive experience. Since it’s such a hot issue I try to read everything (perspectives from both sides of the argument, pro and anti) with a grain of salt.

          I am curious how the influx of wealth will affect people’s lives long-term.

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