29 Oct '11, 6pm

The meaning of "good neighbor" in oil and gas speak

Many oil and gas companies claim to have "Good Neighbor" policies. Their definition of "good neighbor" seems to be different than that of many Americans. It doesn't seem to have anything in common with the good neighbor concept that many learned from Mr. Rogers . Because the intensity, pace and extent of current oil and gas activities are new to many communities, local governments around the U.S. are working to create new ordinances that appropriately address the new activity within their borders. If oil and gas companies are good neighbors, then why are they suing communities around the country that are working to protect their quality of life? Companies are suing local governments in West Virginia , Pennsylvania , New York , and Colorado . Needless to say, the companies have much deeper pockets and bigger legal budgets than these tiny rural communities. Oil and gas compa...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/amall/good_neighbor_in_...

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