|To the Editor: Fracking amendment will only impact new oil and gas activity|
|Written by Lisa Kochheiser|
|Wednesday, 21 August 2013 08:38|
Contrary to what the O&G industry would have us believe, the BG Community Bill Of Rights Charter Amendment will only affect the businesses it was designed to prohibit - those trying to introduce new oil and gas (O&G) activity. Responsible businesses will not object.
The message that a democratizing action such as a Charter Amendment will threaten business is disinformation that has been popularly used as a tactic by the O&G interests during similar campaigns to cast doubt and shroud the issue. Representatives from such interest groups have already appeared in BG. They have both spoken to city officials and have been quoted in the media.
Due to recent special provisions for the O&G industry in state and federal legislation, we are no longer protected by state and federal law from the harmful effects of this industry. Local ordinances are virtually powerless under this industry's pressure. Without the BG Community Bill of Rights, fracking could be permitted within the City of BG, and informed people with a choice will likely move away. Others, including business owners and their families, who remain here will be left to pay the consequences. How will that affect BG business?
Businesses want to establish in communities where they can thrive, and we need to continue providing the clean and safe resources that are necessary and expected by all of our current and future local businesses. By maintaining a safe, unpolluted and healthy community, BG will be able to continue its practice of welcoming new business.
We need the BG Community Bill of Rights Charter Amendment to protect BG citizens and business as well.
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