Lissa Lucas is a fracking activist in West Virginia who is running for the House of Delegates. She addressed lawmakers on Friday about a bill that would allow oil and gas companies to drill on minority mineral owners’ land without their consent. She was dragged from the podium for reading a list how much House members had collected in donations from oil and gas companies.
House Bill 4268 would allow a majority of landowners or heirs to decide if properties can be used for development of oil and gas. Currently, development is stalled if an heir refuses to sign over their mineral rights. Several House Democrats are opposed to the bill, saying it violates property owners’ basic property rights. Proponents say it is a reasonable balance between rights of the majority and rights of the minority. Property owner Mark Corman said, “It’s legislated stealing.”
While the hold-outs would still receive payments from the minerals taken from the land, that is not the point – not by a long shot. Some property owners want their land untouched by greedy, money-hungry whores. The land is no longer good when it’s been stripped by the highest bidder.
This is the point Lissa Lucas was trying to make when she took the floor. She began her time by saying,
I have to keep this short because the public only gets a minute and 45 seconds while lobbyists can throw a gala at the Marriott with whiskey and wine and talk for hours to the delegates.
She then started reading the number of contributions individual House members received from oil and gas companies. Chairman John Shott (R-Mercer) asked her to stop. He said, “Miss Lucas, we ask that no personal comments be made.” She told him that it wasn’t a personal comment and continued reading from her list. Facts are facts.
Two large men in suits flanked her and escorted her off the floor. Because let’s face it, people don’t like uncomfortable truths. Men like John Shott can call those facts “personal comments,” but it’s true that some representatives can be bought – when it comes to money, ethics aren’t high on their lists of priorities.
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