|To the Editor: Anti-fracking proposal sends wrong message to business|
|Written by Michelle O'Neil|
|Wednesday, 07 August 2013 08:53|
As someone who attended BGSU and enjoys visiting downtown Bowling Green, I am appalled at the effort underway by a few individuals to promote their anti-freedom policies in Bowling Green. This under the guise of a "citizens bill of rights", which is nothing more than a sham to ban fracking within BG city limits.
A ban which would be nothing more than symbolic, while remaining pointless in terms of actual oil and gas regulation. For those unaware, the state and federal government already have extensive regulations in place to ensure public safety. In fact, many see this amendment as a way to use Bowling Green, a beautiful city rich in history of manufacturing and agriculture, as the poster child for the anti-fracking debate. Its purpose is to send a message.
Its sends a message, certainly, but not to oil and gas companies. Whatever the purpose of such a ban, it doesn't make Bowling Green seem very open to business or industry. Rather than attracting new businesses and manufacturers here through reasonable regulations, a charter amendment of this type sends a clear signal that we are willing to let activism overrule common sense.
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