Sunday, November 13, 2011

At least they are not blasting Styx from the thumper trucks

So now I know (let's more call it confirmation) why any mention of "Marcellus Shale" brings a nearly instantaneous spike in hits here. Never takes more than minutes, often less. Day or night, 7 days a week, it really is a 24/7 operation. As the manual says it should be of course. In the PG today:

Drillers using counterinsurgency experts; Marcellus industry taking a page from the military to deal with media, resident opposition
At least they are sticking to the modern doctrine.  If they were looking at history, we might really be in trouble.  The select list of music used to entice Noriega out of the embassy once included: Styx! which at the frequencies of a thumper truck would potentially be subliminal across a wide area. Of course, what is torture for some......

It's not just the public that should worry though.  Are those dosimeters every one of those well workers are wearing?    or something else?

A bit more seriously though... The real counterinsurgency folks have to deal with far more effective opponents than any forces amassed to thwart shale development.  Has there ever been a resource development less inhibited than the development of Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania? Look at Pennsylvania's immediate neighbors?  New York still has an omnibus ban.  New Jersey and Maryland have delayed any shale development pending studies.   There is even infinitely less tax on shale gas development than in West Virginia (and that is via the energy experts at Platts). I suppose Delaware could be more enabling than we are, I'll have to check.  Any Pennsylvania 'insurgency' reminds me of the alleged stories of the CIA trying to get Casto decades ago.  Fidel's health is a matter of some speculation of late, but considering that he is age 85 it might be time to conclude any such attempts to knock him off were ineffective.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

If they blasted Styx in Pittsburgh, people would just think it's 102uesday on 'DVE.

Monday, November 14, 2011 9:00:00 AM  
Anonymous MN said...

Yes, they are dosimeters.

Monday, November 14, 2011 10:49:00 AM  
Anonymous MN said...

Or maybe I'm being naive?

Monday, November 14, 2011 11:01:00 AM  
Blogger Caesar said...

Delaware is located outside of the Marcellus formation although they do have a vote in the Delaware River Basin Commission which has a say in regulating fracking within, well, the Delaware River Basin.

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Monday, November 14, 2011 11:36:00 AM  

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