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Letter to the Editor
Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, 8:57 p.m.
 

Taxpayers want informed consent before school properties are fracked. Taxpayers own the schools and support them through school taxes.

Decision-making regarding any unhealthy activity should be public:

• When were public hearings conducted regarding fracking?

• How many nationally recognized health care experts came to town to educate the public?

• How many speakers came from communities with years of experience dealing with fracking?

• Where is the public health literature on fracking?

• How many newspaper articles outlining the risks to the public were published and posted for review?

Did every taxpayer know in advance the basic facts:

1. The Marcellus shale layer is radioactive and not just ‘brine.'

2. Each drill site can release radon and radioactive alpha particles.

3. Drill cuttings and backflow are hazardous waste.

4. Methane migration into water sources near drilling is common.

5. Methane is odorless, colorless, invisible and highly explosive.

6. Fracking fluids are often toxic chemicals.

7. Fracking fluids cannot be retrieved or neutralized.

8. On average, 3 million to 7 million gallons of water, 1 million pounds of silica sand and tons of chemicals for drilling and fracking each well are used and must be disposed of afterwards.

9. Old gas wells and water wells are especially vulnerable to dangerous backflow during drilling and fracking.

Please consider the risks, not just the money. Ask the questions.

Look up your federal Environmental Protection Agency Safe Drinking Water Information System report.

Read the research on risks to students near drilling/fracking sites.

Money now may not cover the long-term costs.

Denise Garrott

Sugarcreek

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