To the Editor: BG man says amendment flawed
Written by Patrick Ng   
Thursday, 10 October 2013 10:02
Residents of B.G. will have an opportunity to vote on a Charter Amendment stopping "Fracking" within the city limit on Nov. 5, 2013. It is unfortunate that a group of outsiders brainwashed a few of the town people to circulate petitions putting a Charter Amendment on the ballot against fracking. As a matter of fact, this group is also targeting other small college towns e.g. Miami University (Oxford) and Ohio University (Athens), etc. It thinks it is easier to crack because of large college student population.
The size of B.G. is only 13 sq. mi. comparing to Wood County, 600 sq. mi. There are more empty spaces in townships than in B.G. To do it right, why wasn't this group targeting the whole Wood County? B.G. is just a drop in the bucket.
The proponents misinformed those who signed the petition without doing homework themselves.
1. The group claims fracking would pollute the underground water wells and lower the water table. This concern does not affect B.G. because our water supply is from the Maumee River.
2. Water comes out from fracking is contaminated. No problem in B.G. We have a wastewater treatment plant which can treat it with some plant modifications.
3. Fracking uses a lot of electricity. B.G. generates its own power. Therefore, it won't be our concern.
Being a former member of the Charter Review Committee, I remember numerous public hearings were held and a lot of B.G. residents' comments were incorporated into the language of the Charter. May I ask have you seen the language of the amendment? There was no B.G. citizens' input whatsoever. Fracking is not allowed in B.G. one way or another. It is redundant adding pages of rubbish into our Charter. The City Charter is an important document not to be abused for political purpose. Don't let the outsiders change our Charter ... jam it down our throat.
Please vote "no" on the Charter Amendment on Nov. 5, 2013 and talk to your friends and neighbors to do the same.
Patrick Ng
Bowling Green

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