Letter: Our pipeline opposition
While lobbying in the State House we watched a fully-grown woman succumb to tears in front of an audience. She was weeping for the blueberry fields that her family had harvested for six generations, which were now jeopardized by the industrial monstrosity known as the Pipeline.
We write to you as concerned teens of the North Quabbin region. Several of us, from SOL Garden (a program of Seeds of Solidarity in Orange), have taken the initiative to inform ourselves about the issue of hydrofracking gas and the pipeline through which it would travel. Some of us have also participated in the Rolling March and Rally at the Boston State House. What we have seen and heard from others has been eye opening.
The number of properties and livelihoods that could be destroyed in our community is deeply upsetting. No matter how much people are compensated for their land, no monetary value can truly equal the potential dangers and disruptions to people’s lives and the environment. Some of these threatened lands (which taxes payers have paid to protect) could be destroyed by some of the richest people in the world and would be funded by a proposed tariff on OUR electric bill. Most of this gas is destined for export.
What if we spent the cost of building the pipeline on some permanent jobs and renewable energies? As teens, we do NOT want to inherit land (already scarred and injured) that Kinder Morgan is planning to break completely.