To the Editor: Green Party candidate in BG supports fracking amendment
Written by Joe DeMare   
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 08:59
As Chair of Wood County's Green Party and candidate for Bowling Green Council-at-Large, I need to respond to misleading statements about the charter amendment we will vote on in November.
This amendment has to be more than a fracking ban. The State of Ohio has authority over fracking, so city ordinances banning it have been easily overturned. Instead, the amendment says every citizen has a right to clean air and water, and to peacefully enjoy their homes. By protecting the air and water, we can ban fracking's toxic chemicals from Bowling Green. Technically, if they could frack without producing pollution or disturbing the peace, it would be allowed. The amendment affirms the rights of every citizen in Bowling Green to peacefully enjoy their homes. Any potential fracker would have to offer everyone recompense for lost home value or loss of enjoyment of their property. Now, frackers make a deal with one property owner and neighbors simply have to suffer.
The Mayor says it could discourage business. I say the businesses it would discourage are not the kind we want. Cleveland City Councilman
Brian Cummins, a fellow Green, just won a 2 1/2 year battle to keep a trash incinerator out of his residential district. It took thousands of hours of research, dozens of public hearings, and incredible amounts of time and energy to turn back a project that should never have been proposed. If Cleveland had our amendment, the citizens would only have had to prove the plant threatened the air, water, and peace, and the Council would have had to disapprove it. On the other hand, if we reject this amendment we will be encouraging polluting corporations, like trash incinerators, to come here.
One of the Greens' ten key principles is future focus. Let's focus on sustainable energy, clean air, and clean water. Fracking companies are buying mineral rights right now. So, the amendment was submitted quickly with heroic effort. If we are to survive as a Community and as a Society, we must begin to incorporate these rights into our laws and practices. This is a step in that direction. I am proud to be one of the petitioners. I am happy to have gathered signatures to put it on the ballot, and I am grateful that we will all be able to vote for a sustainable future. Please vote Yes.
Joe DeMare
Bowling Green

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