To the Editor: BG citizens deserve chance to vote on fracking issue
Written by Sally Medbourn Mott   
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 09:17
Fracking inside Bowling Green city limits? Really?  [Sentinel-Tribune, page 1, July 16, 2013]
A state government that:
[1] appears to be bankrolled and manipulated by the oil and gas industry, then
[2] passes a law that “preempts” all oil and gas industry issues, then
[3] passes laws that strip power away from local communities, then, as payback to their handlers,
[4] allows the oil and gas industry unlimited, unregulated drilling and fracking rights inside city limits . . .  is a government that has lost sight of what the Constitution is all about.
In America, fortunately, states can legally challenge questionable or unreasonable laws enacted by the federal government.
Also in America, fortunately, local communities can legally challenge questionable or unreasonable laws enacted by a state government.
I think this is what the founding fathers had in mind. Don’t you?
When Americans strongly disapprove of federal or state behavior, they don’t have to just sit there and take it.
Other countries don’t have a choice. Americans do.
Just as many states are “taking back the country” by challenging unreasonable federal laws, so can cities and towns “take back their communities” by challenging unreasonable state laws.
Unreasonable state laws regarding the oil and gas industry exist in Ohio.
We, the people, have the right and the duty to petition and challenge unreasonable laws.
Putting the proposed charter amendment on the ballot will allow all of Bowling Green’s citizens to vote on the issue.
Sally Medbourn Mott
Bowling Green
P.S. In addition to the deterioration of air and water quality, property values in “fracking” neighborhoods [and throughout the city] would plummet.
P.P.S. All Bowling Green City Council sessions are televised Sunday’s at 11 p.m. on PBS Channel 27-2.
 

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