Another one of those silly stunts recently undertaken by fractivists has been taking a “Pledge to Resist” and it has inspired Vic Furman to come up with his own “Pledge to Defend” his property rights.
I have nothing against activists. I am one, in fact; a pro gas activist living in Upstate New York. Fractivists, though, are another matter. My state has, for political reasons, denied my rights and those of other landowners wishing to tap into their mineral rights using high volume hydraulic fracturing that has been proven safe and is in use throughout the rest of our nation. Upstate New York, outside of the Hudson Valley, is in a death spiral and, yet, the politicians in Albany pay more attention to the antics of a handful of malcontents, a few fractivists, than the crisis facing landowners like me and my neighbors.
An example of what stands in the way of an Upstate New York Revival is offered by the recent efforts of some misguided people from the nearby city of Binghamton who have bought into the cultists mindset of some fractivists and publicly made a “Pledge to Resist Fracking.” Here is what it says:
The Pledge to Resist Fracking in New York
- that high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracking is an accident-prone, inherently dangerous industrial process with risks that include catastrophic and irremediable environmental damage;
- that these risks cannot be properly resolved, nor can they be mitigated through regulation by any government agency, let alone one that has colluded with the gas industry over the last four years in creating rules that attempt to regulate fracking;
- that Governor Cuomo and this agency, the Department of Environmental Conservation, have repeatedly turned a deaf ear to the petitions of New York’s scientists, economists, medical professionals, and ordinary citizens who have tried again and again, for four years and to little avail, to alert the agency and Governor Cuomo to the many dangers that hydraulic fracking poses to our health, safety, property values, peace of mind and to the climate itself;
- that it is wrong to shatter the bedrock of New York State and inject it with toxic chemicals.
If Governor Cuomo permits high-volume, horizontal hydraulic fracking in any part of New York State, I pledge to join with others to engage in non-violent acts of protest, including demonstrations and other non-violent actions, as my conscience leads me.
I make this pledge in order to prevent the destruction and poisoning of New York’s water, air, and food systems, on which life, health, and economic prosperity all depend–including that of future generations.
Signed on this day, ___________,
This pledge, based on demonstrably false claims, was promoted, at an event I attended, with a view toward encouraging others to trespass on any land where a drill rig was to set up to prevent the rig workers from doing their jobs should they attempt to drill in New York. It was read one sentence at a time by a paid cult leader and then repeated by the fractivists who have chosen to adopt this cult as their own.
I am not a cult leader, but I am a veteran who served my country to preserve the rights of “all Americans” and not only the ones who hold rallies in their attempts to deny the rights of other Americans, but also those hoping to bootstrap their way out of poverty by exercising the rights that came with their deed when they purchased their land. So, I, too, intend to resist something – them. I intend to defend my rights from the fractivists.
Fractivists launched their cult movement here in New York State. Their cult leader (complete with flames and all) is Josh Fox, the producer of Gasland & Gasland II. While the latter has been a fairly complete flop, the former inspired the cult to grow like a cancer on the prosperity of Upstate New York. Cults are dangerous precisely because they play on the mentality of the vulnerable, but, fortunately, usually collapse as truth emerges and sensible people call them out.
Therefore, I offer a pledge of my own and, like those cult leaders, “not to incite violence, but to prevent it.” My hope is that fractivists who took “The Pledge to Resist” will see my Pledge to Defend (you may adopt it as your own) and realize their resistance to my rights will be met with the resistance of a landowner who is even more determined to defend his constitutional rights.
My Pledge to Resist Fractivists and Defend My Rights
1. I promise to make sure any drilling operator to whom I lease is required to use the best drilling and fracking practices available and demand such performance in the lease I sign.
2. I promise to make any gas company developing my land do baseline water testing on all water well sources, within such distance as DEC recommends, at the company’s expense, for any and all elements used in the drilling and fracking processes and provide the test results to all those who live within that radius.
3. I promise to go anywhere that may be required to challenge the false claims of fractivists and meet them with the facts, debate them on those facts and to so peacefully.
4. I promise to protect my land from trespassers who try to interfere with my commerce or my right to my minerals using non-violent methods, police agencies if needed, and by whatever means needed to protect my rights, “as my conscience leads me.”
That’s my pledge. How about you?