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Fracking breaks up communities

Published: Tue, November 29, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m.

Fracking breaks up communities

The Vindicator carried three articles Oct. 23 about hydraulic fracture drilling, or fracking, for gas in Utica and Marcellus shale. All three speak of the “boom” this industry will bring to our area. We’ve been reading, hearing, and seeing a great deal of such pro-fracking propaganda lately. Fracking creates jobs, eliminates our dependence on foreign oil, and makes poor landowners millionaires. Who can argue against these benefits promised by the oil and gas companies?

Money speaks, and it drowns out the voices of reason and truth. We are being told that a process that forces into the earth millions of gallons of water mixed with sand and chemicals, some of which are known human carcinogens, is perfectly safe; and, against our sense of reason, we believe. We also hear the voices of dollars shouting loudly over the voices of victims of fracking in areas where such wells are already operating. We don’t want to listen to warnings of what often happens as a result of the fracking process, so we don’t hear these poor landowners when they tell us about contaminated wells and streams, of polluted air, of untillable land, and of hosts of health problems, including blood testing high in fracking chemicals. The voice of profit is muting the voices of these prophets.

Money speaks, and it divides us — not only into the rich and the poor but, in the case of fracking, into proponents and opponents of the process. In many areas of the country being considered for such drilling, neighbors have turned against neighbors and families have split up over leasing and other issues related to the process. Our communities, not just the shale beneath them, are being fractured.

Money speaks and it misleads. As John Funk points out in his Oct. 23 article, “Boom unearths riches, challenges for Ohio,” oil and gas companies are presenting to “landowners, many of them poor farmers ... thorny offers.” If we cannot trust them in small matters like licenses, how can we trust them with the larger matters involved with fracking? We are also being told over and over by the drilling companies, by ads paid for by these companies, and even by university studies that fracking is safe. Money twists the truth and we believe.

Money talks, and it drowns out the quiet voice of beauty.

Pauline Beck, West Middlesex


1concerned(190 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Great letter Pauline.

Fracking pollutes and contaminates water. Withhout clean water to drink we will not survive.

It's that simple.

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2Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Fracking has been around for several decades with little fanfare . Septic systems still leach their tasty rich in organics water into private water wells . Salt is still dumped on the highways by the hundreds of thousands of tons and life goes on . . . ..

The Kish landfill has polluted more wells than the oil and gas indudtry ever did as it was a surface operation . What is stacked on top and gets rained on leaches down . Wells thousands of feet deep are sealed in with cement and high tensile pipe . Gas and oil come up the pipe with some salt water from the ancient sea that once existed in that spot . This salt water could be disposed of into depleted wells before they are plugged . This would be the going back to the basics solution with no extra drilling involved . . ..

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3ohsuzyq(2 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Stan is absolutely correct. Add to that the chemicals and additives that are in the processed food you buy in the store everyday and are putting DIRECTLY into your body. If we constantly live according to liberals scare tactics (and that is what this is), we will never go anywhere as individuals or a nation. Where would we be if Columbus had listened to skeptics - "Columbus, you are forbidden to endanger your crew and sail for any so-called New World. We believe the world is flat and you might all fall off and DIEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!" We could apply this to every forward thinking idea and we will still die eventually!!

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4AnotherAverageCitizen(1176 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Scare tactics???

I guess the libs are just making up the earthquakes??

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5Tigerlily(500 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Beautiful letter, Pauline.

The ignorants like stan and ohsuzyq, who brings up the chemicals in our food, too, will hopefully die first. Maybe then we can fix things without their bullyish voices yelling over everyone.

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6Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Tigerlily one of those who is challenged when it comes to any thought beyond the basics of detecting summer from winter . In the wintertime she doesn't hesitate to use those terrible products produced by the oil and gas industry . Sell that car and remove the gasline from the house and be serious . . ..



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7ytownsteelman(659 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Would everyone rather go back to the status quo of no jobs, no investment and no hope?

Those of you against fracking, are you old enough to remember the steel mills running? Do you remember the smoke that we lived through, the polluted Mahoning river that we lived through, etc.?

Everything in life involves risk. You must decide for yourself whether the perceived dangers of fracking is worth pushing away all the benefits we are now seeing because of this natural gas find. What is the prosperity of your community worth?

What will kill more people? The threat of a polluted water well (hasn't happened yet around here) or the despair and depression caused by chronic unemployment? Really think about it!

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8Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Spermicide on your condom may be of a higher toxicity than the chemicals in a frack . . ..

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9Tigerlily(500 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Stan, I have no car to donate, as I don't drive. I walk to work, thank you very much. And in bad weather, I ride my bike.

You continue to reveal yourself to be a person who thinks he knows everything about anything, when you know nothing at all.

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10Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Tigerlily :

You are contributing more cabon dioxide to global warming when you exert yourself on that bicycle . . .. Have you bought your carbon offset credits yet ? . . ..

Ditch the furnace and cut the gas . . ..


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11Laker(21 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Landowners who are not wealthy have to allow fracking development to pay for property taxes. Frack or face foreclosure. The new normal in Ohio

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12DwightK(1361 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago


Carbon dioxide is good for trees. They breathe it in and produce oxygen as a waste product.

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13VINDYAK(1803 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Stan - thanks for the link to the Army Navy Store...I added it to my favorites.

After all this fracking and drilling turmoil is over, we can all buy the survival book being offered, as well as the AK-47 manual.

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14Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

DwightK :

"Carbon dioxide is good for trees. They breathe it in and produce oxygen as a waste product."

Trees kill people and destroy property when they are blown down by storms . Do we need them ? Bamboo is far less deadly and can serve the same purpose .

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