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Letter to the Editor
Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Fracking problems

Every day in the media, I see reporters and concerned citizens questioning the practices of the gas companies.

Our politicians see only dollar signs and a few questionable benefits from Marcellus shale gas drilling, while many of our neighbors suffer from health issues contributed to by the gas industry.

The process of hydro-fracturing — fracking — is not your grandfather's way of drilling in Pennsylvania. You can't dump up to 7,000 gallons of carcinogenic chemicals down a well to blast open the shale structure and not expect problems.

Now they're finding radium-226 and radium-228 in the toxic waters that resurface.

Do we wait for a major disaster to happen for people to get truly involved? What kind of world are we leaving our grandchildren?

Mary Parker


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