In response to Governor Corbett's Marcellus 'plans'
There are several points that I think must be made with respect to
Governor’s recently announced plans regarding the Marcellus Shale drilling
in the state of Pennsylvania, from my current understanding.
First, the setback distances given in the plan are miniscule.
Anyone can understand that dirt and gravel is porous; that is, when one
waters their plants, the liquid seeps through to reach the roots. With the
fracking process, they are necessarily increasing this porous region in an
uncontrollable manner. Because of the uncontrollable nature of the fracking
process, there is no way to guarantee that the liquid and the chemicals the
companies pump underneath the surface of our land do not reach our water
Second, with regard the penalties that the Governor expects to levy
against companies that are in violation of the rules that put in place to
protect us, will he fund the DEP to ensure that each and every
penalty that should be levied, gets imposed?
Third, as has been stated before, the concept of an ‘impact fee’ is
quite frankly absurd. Water and air are classified as liquids. Liquids
will move and according to the rules of science are not stopped by
artificial boundaries that humanity places on the space we live in.
Contaminated water and contaminated air will flow cross boundaries and
affect us all.
Fourth, if one looks through the science and environmental news
stories of the past several years, it is very encouraging to see that some
people have been able to retrofit their cars to run on excess restaurant oil
and do not need to be dependent on foreign oil. These people have to find
restaurants that they can refuel at. This is just one example at the type
of alternative ‘corridors’ that we should be creating. Instead the Governor
insists on establishing corridors dependent on Marcellus gas.
Finally, the Governor speaks of developing the Marcellus industry so
that the “ … will give our children a reason to stay here in Pennsylvania.”
Frankly speaking, he is assuming that people do not read the newspapers or
consider what is happening in other regions in this country where fracking
takes place. Why would anyone want to stay where such activities have
unleashed such sickness upon the people, animals and the ecosystems of the
This announcement yet again demonstrates Governor Corbett’s lack of
concern for the long-term impacts of his decisions: once the gas is gone
(from exports and use), we will be in the exact same position as we are
today, with nothing gained in terms of finding permanent solutions to our
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