since you spotted that gasland post.....did you also see the Act 13 issue in PA?
I do not think anything like that would happen in ND.
I would like to know what Jack thinks about the zoning issue in PA.
This is cut from an article:
"PITTSBURGH — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court had an unusual standing-room-only crowd Wednesday, as lawyers debated a new law that regulates the state's booming natural gas industry.
Representatives of seven municipalities say the law, known as Act 13, takes away their ability to control gas drilling operations through local zoning, leaving them defenseless to protect homeowners, parks and schools from being surrounded by drilling sites or waste pits.
"It is the role of the court to address whether the legislature went too far," said Jordan Yeager, one of the lawyers representing the municipalities.
In July, the state Commonwealth Court ruled 4-3 that the zoning aspects of Act 13 violated the state constitution, and Gov. Tom Corbett's administration appealed. The Supreme Court currently has three Republicans and three Democrats, and cannot overturn a lower court decision on a 3-3 tie vote.
The Corbett administration says the sweeping, 8-month-old law is constitutional, and doesn't violate the rights of municipalities or residents. Matthew Haverstick, one of the lawyers representing the state, noted that municipalities are created by the Pennsylvania General Assembly.
"When the general assembly wants to, it can override local zoning," Haverstick said. "I think the analysis stops right there."
But several justices questioned whether the power of the legislature is unlimited.
"Isn't the whole purpose of zoning to protect neighbors?" Justice Max Baer asked. "There's a point where government can go too far." "
I shot Jack an email for his opinion. He is expecting the current economic slow down to continue so is focusing on his attention in other areas.
Believe you are correct that ND is completely different than Penn. The government in ND is close to the people and has handled the growth in an outstanding manner. By the time the nyZt comes up with their nonsense the corrective is already implemented or about to be.
Folks in ND like those in the smaller towns of Penn want the economic activity so their children do not have to leave to find work and start their families. The population in ND is so small it is pretty much like one county in Penn deciding what they wish. So you are correct the odds of anything like this occurring like Penn is nearly impossible. But it is the grand hope of the Progressive statists that it would so no shortage of puffing from them on the subject.
Clearly our GASLAND domestic energy *expert* hangs on every word on the statist press. So all it does every day is foolishness built on foolishness. Penn has Progressives while ND has Democrats and Republicans with no Progressives.
I am listening to the Norfolk Southern call again this morning. Marcellus is clearly slowing for both pipe and sand. So the 'surge' of low cost Marellus gas seems to be a phantom.
Bakken oil training to the east coast is exciting.
I am adding NSC for the long run and a Romney victory. But nothing in the earnings reports supports the nonsense government economic data like unemployment or growth coming out or Washington. Very troubling.