Originally Posted by Suerto That's the nature of the beast, or used to be.. When a drilling boom moves to a new area, for the first year many people get low-balled, because they don't know any better, but they take the money and are happy about it at the time. That's what happened here. The great awakening came just about the time I moved in. The companies did some dirt, and thus reaped a lot of discontent as leasing bonuses went sky high relatively. The pipeline is coming, I assure you. I get no royalties if the gathering lines don't get in; I'm ready for the trenching. But even then, the market is too low to cut the dry gas wells into production.Yeah, we have that as well in central Louisiana, dry gas.. They drill em and cap em.. We have one of the highest flowing wells on our families property, been capped for 10yrs now.. My neighbor (who's from Florida, but lives here in OKC) is a pipeline welder--------------. He said they need people to work, but can't find or keep any locals willing to work oilfield schedules. Those folks that have lived in this area all their lives move to a farmer's clock, meaning they do what needs done at their own pace and their own order of business. Adapting to someone else's schedule is NOT in the cards; they have mostly been their own boss for so long that changing is not well tolerated Those of us that have worked for "the man" rather then dancing to the dairy cow's tune don't have that problem, and few of that flavor are in or moving into the area unless retired. I don't buy that grit; many of us in the oilfield are from the south, and west, and come from farming communities, and own cows and such.. I think its just a cultural mindset, even happened in my family. 3rd generation oilfield trash, out of 6 boys (I'm the oldest of 9 kids.. good catholic family), only 2 of us work in the oilfield.. The oldest 2.. And its not due to education differences, its just due to a lack of initiative from what I can see.. My father became more prosperous as he got older, and spared the rod, and so the younger boys are much more content with mooching (from thier/my parents) and living at the bottom of the barrel.. In a nutshell. If y'all truely want to stop the drilling, organize a union protest/strike/legislation.. Even the NIMBYs don't want to do that, the locals do not favor unions except the coal miners. There are enough outsiders of the OWS persuasion as it is, they get bussed in for legislative and regulatory hearings.yeah, the NIMBY's don't want to stop the drilling, they just want more of the "profits" for nothing.. lol Watch how fast the drilling stops, leaves, and stays gone. They will be back soon enough, says me, when the value of the resource outweighs the cost of regulation.As you said and are aware, you have "dry" gas in your area, with all the drilling in the rest of the country, and cost going up in your area, the companies can hold out longer than the people. Look at the gulf "moratorium" as an example.. It didn't hurt the oil companies, it just hurt the locals and the overall price of oil for the short term.. Even Obama is espousing more drilling now.. lol All them shenanigans get calculated into the cost of business as well, and get passed on to the consumer at the pump.. Yup, or the meter. What continues to amaze me is how little of the cost is in site leasing and drilling compared to the add-ons between the christmas tree and the comsumer's meter. A lot of discontent up here could have been averted had the landmen been upfront instead of low balling. I had to throw one off my property when he cited "Rule of Capture" to me, as in "Sign now, or we'll take your gas without your permission."I cannot make excuses for some of my unscroupled oilfield brethren, but I can tell you this, I know many people who worked over there out of necessity, because they are having a hard time getting people to work over there, the ones they get aren't the best in the business.. Atleast, thats what I been told.. from cats who've gone over there and came back..