What if landowners were held at least partially liable for any surface and/or groundwater damage caused by gas drillers who operate on their property?
Would they be as willing to accept the quick-n-easy cash?
Would some of them still be so positive about the economic benefits of drilling?
My point is this: it's easy to take what seems to be money for nothing. The problem though is that there really is a cost associated with taking this money, but many property owners simply don't want to think about it. Maybe that needs to change.
By all means, let's take advantage of this natural resource, but for God's sake, let's do it with our eyes wide open.