The legislation has stirred up some degree of controversy. Activists have unfairly characterized the legislation as an “Ag-Gag” bill — but nothing in the legislation singles out the agriculture industry or diminishes the many legal protections available to employees dealing with retaliatory discrimination or the legal protections for reporting improper government activities.
“To hear the pejorative name for the bill would suggest the bill was some sort of agricultural bill,” said Representative McGrady. “It wasn’t. In fact, the bill was much broader. It wasn’t simply about farming; it had application to any employer.”
“Basically, the opponents of the bill were saying that one should trample over someone else’s property rights because the ends justify the means,” he continued. “In an effort to garner support for this argument, they played to the sympathies of animal lovers … by telling people that the purpose of the bill was to thwart investigations of large industrial farms where animals were kept and possibly being treated inhumanely.”
Just make stuff up.
Pooling not a new idea that came with along with the Energy Modernization Act. It is a long-standing policy established under the Democrats.
Not implying anything. I'm state quite clearly and unequivocally, everyone involved has rights. Pooling is the best solution to harmonizing correlative rights.
You forget that participating landowners have mineral rights as well.
Re: Mr. Voiland's misconceptions,
1. People should read the material I have provided to learn the facts concerning the much-maligned practice of fracking. The information shows clearly that fracking is an old, proven, safe and valuable life-sustaining practice.
2. Pooling protects property rights by duly compensating landowners for developing their mineral rights.
3. Pooling protects the environment in the case where shale gas is discovered in an area and individual landowners want to develop their mineral rights separately. It's their land and their right to drill. Pooling saves the environment by allowing widespread gas extraction from a single well. It is also protects the operators right to drill on land they have legally leased.
4. Pooling is fairly described in this informative video by the Rural Advancement Foundation International: "Forced Pooling 101: Understanding Compulsory Pooling"
5. Reading the facts is fun.
"compulsory pooling, that could force unwilling landowners to allow drilling on their property"
Pooling would not put drilling pads ON their property. It allows capture of natural gas UNDER their property and compensation for developing their mineral rights.
“Forced pooling is to protect the person who has a lot of drilling taking place around them from them not getting anything,” said Representative Chuck McGrady of Henderson County.
Pooling protects the correlative rights of landowners and operators, and protects the environment from over-drilling.
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