Letter: No to ‘fracking’
“For evil to happen all that is necessary is for good men (and women) to do nothing.” — Edmund Burke. It is time for anyone who is opposed to hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to ACT. Stop the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. and Kinder Morgan’s plans to construct a pipeline carrying “fracked” gas across our state. Sitting back without voicing our complaint and allowing the pipeline construction condones the use of “fracking.”
How does it make sense to invest in constructing a hugely expensive infrastructure to transport a product that is nonrenewable and the mining of which destroys clean water supplies? Water is a vital resource that is also nonrenewable.
Why are we not investing that money in renewable energy?
Why has “The Haliburton Loophole,” an energy bill exempting gas and oil companies from compliance with clean air and water acts, been allowed?
How can we condone the potential use of eminent domain to obtain the use of conservation land, wild life habitat, human habitat, wet land, and working farms and orchards in order to transport this gas that carries a history of water and air contamination with it?
What about he probable leakage of all the many toxic chemicals that accompany the “fracked” gas along the pipeline route? Air samples, especially near compressor stations along existing pipelines, contain not only methane, but many of the chemicals used in the gas extraction process.
Don’t “do nothing.” Educate yourselves about the situation. Contact your legislators. Speak out now.