You are right about D&L, I have known of their criminal ways for along time and you know as I that the energy companies have no love for them. Infact, I am more embarassed for Youngstown nationally, we always seem to be the laughing stock of the nation.
However, I am trying to appeal to the Green party's humanitarian side while leaving the drilling part aside. Last week my associate was in the emergency room and laying next to him was the owner of the old small engine repair shop on McGuffey and Jacobs. This owner is a very respectable small business owner, infact I believe his son is an opera singer in Europe or something like that. The owner who has four acres with his shop, he worked hard for all his life, apologized for not getting back to leasing his property months ago because he fell sick. From his sick bed he told our associate that he was better now and he wanted to lease his land and send money to his son. We felt bad to have to tell him that energy companies are no longer leasing in Youngstown, no matter how we explained it, he could not understand why across 616 his neighbors are getting $6000 an acre and he is redlined.
And there are more sad stories, three elderly sisters (70's) from the Eastside, one in Akron, Pittsburgh and DC, have three acres off of Gerwig that again they paid property taxes for many decades, were excited and thanking God that finally they could get help for all the years they paid taxes. They to are sad and may never see a return on their land they held on for most of their lives.
You see, it is these real people that are being hurt from the battle to ban drilling in Youngstown, it is not the suburbanites or the rural large farm owners. It is the poorest and meek of Youngstown who again are at the bottom. Think about all the remaining homeowners on the WS, ES, NS and SS who by leasing their only plot in life can make a difference whether to paint their house this year or fix their leaky sink. By banning drilling in Youngstown, every homeowner and landowner in Mahoning county will reap a return, income on their American dream but the poor of Youngstown.