The editorial “Forced Utica shale pooling? Change the law” (Oct. 9 and TribLIVE.com) on Utica shale integration highlighted a single landowner but overlooked the 98 percent of my friends and neighbors in the leasing unit who support Hilcorp's plan to protect and preserve our right to develop our land.
The facts are that this plan will ensure efficiency, maximizing production while minimizing time, traffic and land disturbance. Without this responsible plan in place, more wells would be drilled over a longer period to properly develop our land.
Also, despite the false impression that the editorial left readers with, not one square inch of Bob Svetlak's surface land will be used or impacted if the application is granted.
Pennsylvania's Environmental Hearing Board has a detailed process in place to balance the various rights and interests of all stakeholders.
Development affects the entire community, so what right does any one individual have to dictate that we use more land, tolerate more traffic and lose economic activity when he will see no impact to his surface land?
Simply put, without integration, 98 percent of us will see less benefit from the activity in our community. That means more uncertainty for landowners, dramatically impeding their right to develop their land as they see fit.