To the Editor: BG citizens earned fracking vote
Written by Suzannah Wittenmyer   
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 09:41
It really ought to be a no-brainer that decent air and water are basic and not business commodities. Bowling Green is set to be a voice for the tranquil lifestyle we enjoy here in Northwest Ohio.  The signatures of nearly 2,000 BG voters are being presented to city council to place the question of fracking on the November ballot.   Bowling Green residents should commend themselves for organizing this issue for public consideration, instead of keeping it a closed door policy.  Residents will have the opportunity to learn not only from the industry, but also from concerned scientists, and the stories of people whose lives were adversely affected when this industry moved into their neighborhoods.
Now, we have the opportunity to align with those who believe in clean energy, jobs, and research. Germany is developing to be 35% sustainable by 2020, with greater strides expected.  New Yorkers asked what's the hurry to open Pandora's Box by implementing a moratorium.  Vermont has banned the process completely.  New Jersey refuses the produced waste… Guess who accepts it?  Ohio, the next state over from the already fracked Pennsylvania, has received 200,000 tons of Pennsylvania's toxic waste alone.  Waste received by Ohio since 1978 is 7,892,815,182 gallons.
On a local level, all the radioactive waste Davis Besse has produced is stored on site above ground.  Fracking was latently understood to be the cause of earthquakes because of the lubricating effect of the brine on faults.  It is fair for people who live here to ask questions of the industry.
"Myths and misinformation?" as some have characterized the anti-fracking movement. "The process of hydraulic fracturing has been used for decades." Truth: The 1947 vertical procedure graduated to its controversial form in 2005 ... after the industry succeeded in gaining exemptions from the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Clean Water Act. Along with these exemptions, in the name of business, transparency has been difficult. First responders do not know what chemicals they are facing. The industry has infused gag orders into its settlements with desperate victims, and now in place in at least one state, doctors cannot discuss suspected chemical exposure from fracking.  The burden of proof against a multi-billion dollar industry lies on the individual.
It is not too much to foster a right for clean air and water.  It just simply isn't too much to ask for.
Suzannah Wittenmyer
Bowling Green

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