"The New London School explosion occurred on March 18, 1937, when a natural gas leak caused an explosion, destroying the London School of New London, Texas, a community in Rusk County previously known as "London". The disaster killed more than 295 students and teachers, making it the deadliest school disaster in American history. As of 2014, the event is the third deadliest disaster in the history of Texas, after the 1900 Galveston hurricane, and the 1947 Texas City disaster."
I've been by that location on West Kill Road many times and know right where the pipeline crosses the road. Propane, unlike natural gas, tends to sink -- which is why the lower portion of West Kill Road burnt, rather than farther up in the open farm country where the pipeline is actually located.
The question is what would the late Gifford Pinchot, Governor of Pennsylvania who set up the Pennsylvania State Forest system say? "Where conflicting interests must be reconciled, the question shall always be answered from the standpoint of the greatest good of the greatest number in the long run."
Pennsylvania State Forests like New York State Forests are working lands, to be used for a wide variety of public purposes. Does oil and gas production conflict with public uses? It's debatable. New York State allows oil and natural gas drilling and production in it's state forests, but not high volume hydrofracking due to concerns of size of the well pads. Pennsylvania does allow HVH fracking. if NY legalizes HVH fracking, they probably will sell mineral rights under state forests, but not allow the larger well pads on the state land itself.
The top soil is piled up and protected at these sites, tied down by grass. Once the wells are depleted, the drillers must replace the top soil, and replant the tree stands. Eventually the forest where there once were wellpads will regrow and once again be cut for forest products.
A lot of people have been talking about the Cooperstown Holsteins Court of Appeals oral arguments today.
From the article:
"Half way through Cooperstown Holsteins’ five-year mineral rights lease, mining — and in particular hydrofracking — became a hot topic. Local residents opposed to fracking have taken up strong opposition to anyone leasing their mineral rights."
"Ironically, the land Cooperstown Holsteins has leased is unsuitable for fracking because the layer of Marcellus shale is too shallow to drill. The next layer is sandstone, which could support conventional drilling, something that has been done for the past 60 years without incident in western New York state. Below the sandstone is the Utica shale, which is unproven."