To the Editor: Anti-fracking amendment may spur wave of lawsuits
Written by Patrick Lancaster   
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 09:14
Got a joke about a lawyer? Sure, everybody does. A poll last year by the American Tort Reform Association found that 78 percent of registered voters felt that the "nation suffers from too many lawsuits." Yet, activists in Bowling Green could make it worse by calling for a charter amendment banning fracking.  Such a move would do little to actually protect the environment, but it could usher in a new wave of lawsuits in Bowling Green stemming from the amendment's poorly-worded provisions.
It opens up the possibility for a number of baseless lawsuits that could affect our transportation, our factories, and our small businesses. For example, as written, the amendment could allow someone to sue a factory simply because it produces emissions, even if they are well within state and federal standards. You can bet that won't be too helpful to job creation in BG's manufacturing sector.
This charter amendment should be left behind in short order. It serves no real purpose but creates many unintended consequences.
Patrick Lancaster
Bowling Green

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