Fracking Irony And Property Rights

One day last week we were driving through the beautiful Finger Lakes region of NY.

It’s  a hot-bed of discussion and argument over hydraulic fracturing, or the less pleasant sounding “fracking.”

I wasn’t able to snap a pic but we saw a bunch of signs that said verbatim:



Now I would like to think that those creating and placing these signs realized the irony, the contradictory nature of the sign. But I would be willing to bet they don’t.

If fracking is banned in some area (village, town, state, country), then people in that area who might want fracking on their own land have lost their land rights, not retained or protected them.

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  • reagan 2

    If an industry was spewing sulfur fumes into your backyard you might not be so gracious about their land rights, nor place as much import on your smirking irony.  Same with fracking rights.  It may not be in your backyard, but it impacts your family directly. The irony here is that you cannot grasp it.

    • speedmaster

       >> “If an industry was spewing sulfur fumes into your backyard you might not be so gracious about their land rights …”

      That would be a direct and I think clear violation of my property rights.

    • Joe

      A few points:

      Who said anything about sulfur-spewing industry? These are gas wells. Tens of thousands of them already peacefully coexist with landowners and rural communities in the Northeast. Farmers get supplemental revenue, communities get badly needed jobs, the people get an abundance of clean energy, the country gets a little more energy independence. 

      Have you ever lived on a property with a well, by the way?

  • Branson

    I believe Reagan 2 was speaking hypothetically, Joe,  and it could have just as easily been a neighbor’s noisy windmill.  Fracking can and does affect water quality, and just because it does not occur on my property doesn’t mean it doesn’t affect my family.

    • speedmaster

       I realize that a “fracker” (they really need a better name for that) could /potentially/ cause pollution for others. But that doesn’t at all change the point that banning fracking kills people’s property rights.

      And I also see no reason to ban something simply because something could /potentially/ cause pollution. That can be solved via tort.

  • Dobbs

    It would be nice if the right of your dog to bark ended at my property line.  Same with fracking. Barking can usually, with common sense, be mitigated.  You better have considerable patience and disposable wealth however, to deal with a fracking neighbor.

  • Benjamin Napier

    All those who dislike farcking need to turn off your electrictiy and sell your car. No longer bank on line, watch TV, play on lune or play video games. It is time that you realize the cost of w petroleum free life style really is. Forget food, forget city water, forget travel, forget your job, forget healthcare as you know it.

  • Kdthomas1957

    My family owns more property than you ever dream. Fracking is an excuse for oil companies to steal gas/oil from under my property.