The program looks at the beginnings of American history from west to east, following the first Ice Age migrations through the corn civilizations of Middle America, and the explorations of Columbus, DeSoto, and the Spanish. Go to this unit. English Settlement As the American character begins to take shape in the early seventeenth century, English settlements develop in New England and Virginia. Their personalities are dramatically different.
Fracking impacts on property rights and home values March 14, There are currently more than 1. Made possible by the advent of fracking, drilling is taking place in shale formations from California to New York and from Wyoming to Texas.
Almost 47, new oil and natural gas wells were drilled inand industry analysts project that pace will only continue. Drilling rigs now regularly inch up and even into communities that never anticipated having to address problems like round-the-clock noise, storage tanks, drums of toxic chemicals, noxious fumes, near-constant truck traffic and pipelines near homes, schools, playgrounds and parks.
For many, the impacts of this kind of large-scale industrial activity are incompatible with quality of life. Congressman Jared Polis saw this firsthand last fall when a drilling rig went up on property neighboring his small farm in Weld County, Colorado.
Drilling near Mansfield, Texas At a more macro level, research is staring to show that energy booms such as the current drilling frenzy may not be the economic windfall that boosters make them out to be.
After the initial surge in income and jobs that comes with drilling, problems inevitably follow: The more heavily a community ties itself to the drilling economy, the greater the decline.
The injuries and losses are continuing. For those who own the rights to the oil and gas on their properties, the impacts of drilling can be offset by royalty payments that come from selling them to oil and gas developers.
But in most parts of the country, the legal doctrine of split estates allows one party to own the rights to minerals and other resources below the surface while someone else hold the rights to property above ground.
With the oil and gas industry showing little self-restraint and drilling encroaching into cities, towns and suburbs, split estates have left millions to deal with problems such as increased truck traffic, chemicals, lights, noise, heavy equipment, noxious air emissions and water — all without any compensation.
There are weak regulatory protections and few legal precedents to protect residents from this kind of industrial activity in their back yards. Feeling unprotected by weak state and federal regulations, however, more and more communities are starting to fight back by passing local laws restricting or banning fracking within their borders.
Pittsburgh became one of the first to take matters into its own hands with an ordinance in Since then, many others have followed suit: Last fall in Colorado, voters in four cities passed ballot measures banning or severely restricting frackingthree of them overwhelmingly. And this year, backers are gathering signatures for a statewide ballot measure that would give Colorado cities and towns local control over drilling-related policy decisions within their borders.
Oil-well flaring near a playground in Denton, Texas. The financial risks posed by drilling are real and substantial enough, as detailed below, that banks and insurers are also now adopting guidelines that forbid mortgage loans or insurance coverage on properties affected by drilling.
The following examples begin to piece together the ways in which the threats posed by drilling and the deep pockets of the oil and gas industry quite literally hit home.
Taken together, they are a call for decision-makers to start quantifying data and asking tough questions about drilling vs. Everybody needs their property values protected. In a survey of people conducted by business researchers at the University of Denver, a strong majority said they would decline to buy a home near drilling site.
The study, published in the Journal of Real Estate Literature, also showed that people bidding on homes near fracking locations reduced their offers by up to 25 percent.
Realtors in Colorado are taking note as clients become increasingly hesitant about buying homes near drilling sites, with fewer and fewer bids rolling in. In the Catskills, fracking fears have already impacted the real estate market even though the state has yet to make a determination on whether to allow drilling.
Even though lease payments can add overall value to homes with wells drilled on them, the possibility of contaminated water decreases property value by an average of 24 percentleaving a net decrease in value of 13 percent. I think people deserve some real answers.
Commissioner Elise Jones Faced with a boom in coal-bed methane development in the early s, officials in La Plata County, Colorado studied the impacts of oil and gas development and found that properties with a well drilled on them saw their value decrease by 22 percent. The board agreed to the extraordinary reduction as a result of numerous environmental problems related to fracking — just one year after the first drilling rig when up on the property.
A well and battery of natural gas storage tanks near homes in Longmont, Colo. Unbeknownst to many suburban homeowners, homebuilders are starting to quietly retain mineral rights beneath the subdivisions they build in suburban areas.
DR Horton has been perhaps the most notable construction company to employ this new tactic. Residents who live in a Florida subdivision built by Horton were equally surprised when they found out that the company also held the rights to prospect for whatever minerals lie beneath 2, of their homes near Tampa.
As documented by Reuters, homeowners in subdivisions in Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, Louisiana and other states have all purchased homes without disclosure about severed mineral rights only to see drilling rigs spring up next door too late for them to do anything about it.
Senate Bill is awaiting approval by both chambers to be forwarded to the governor. Forcing holdout landowners into leasing agreements is supposed to lead to fewer wells drilled and more efficiency in the ones that are.Widely shared middle-class prosperity is a signature of American society.
It has made America the most hopeful and dynamic country on earth and it is a foundation of strong democracy. While we originally set out to identify the top American Revolution books, we will undoubtedly add more to this list over time.
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AMERICAN DREAM AND LATINO IMMIGRANTS 3 Abstract Many Latinos from Mexico, Central America, and South America have made the decision to immigrate to the United States in recent years—whether legally or illegally. Much of American Literature is a consideration of our ability to head to the frontier, reinvent ourselves, make a shining city on a hill, be the last best hope for mankind, free ourselves of the.
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