|To the Editor: Fracking ban legislation is poorly written & unnecessary|
|Written by Victor Layton|
|Wednesday, 28 August 2013 08:49|
Amending the city's charter in order to ban hydraulic fracturing is highly inappropriate. It is irrelevant to our city because we are not in one of the regions with shale development potential and no one has even talked about drilling here.
Regardless, anyone concerned with the environmental risks of hydraulic fracturing should take note: This process is already very well-regulated by the state and federal government. There are numerous federal laws governing this procedure, and Ohio's own state laws have been updated to ensure great vigilance as the Shale Revolution spreads.
And while the government and other experts continue to study fracking, the reality is that it's been safely used in this country since 1947. Critics suggest that fracking contaminates the water, but even former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson testified in Congress that she wasn't "aware of any proven case where the fracking process itself has affected water."
This charter amendment is poorly written and completely unnecessary. It's a waste of time that should not be occupying public discourse while we have much more serious issues here in Bowling Green.
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