Well, despite thousands of signatures on petitions and public protests over the plan, drilling has begun. Check out the picture above — I think the huge drilling rig really adds to the look of the trail, don’t you? And you can’t even hear the diesel engines… as long as your iPod is at full volume.
How can something like this happen? It’s simple economics: Chesapeake Energy is offering folks in my neighborhood $16,500 per acre plus a 25% royalty for the right to suck natural gas from under our properties. This is hard for anyone to turn down.
Just yesterday, I posted on economic parentalism, and I am generally vehemently opposed that concept. But I do believe that there are situations where common sense must prevail. Zoning of land is one example.