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Letter to the Editor
Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Deer Lakes Park soon will see drilling. Although a “subsurface” lease, the contract allows drilling pads and frack pits right up to the park's border.

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald falsely claimed the park's lakes already were polluted. But the state Fish & Boat Commission said the water is fine and continues stocking the lakes. Union fat cats support drilling, but Range Resources said there would be no jobs.

A recent study showed traffic fatalities have skyrocketed in fracking regions. How many collisions will occur on the almost-navigable roads leading to Deer Lakes? I thought our parks were for recreation, not industrial development.

Mr. Fitzgerald boasted of how the park's lease contains “enhanced protections” for the environment. Would “enhanced protections” be necessary if drilling were truly safe? The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has warned of degradation from drilling and how we are charged by our state Constitution to protect the environment for “generations yet to come.”

We are not on the right path for doing so.

Our Judeo-Christian upbringing obligates us to be good stewards of the Earth. The Catholic catechism teaches us “to avoid any disordered use” of our environment that would be “in contempt of the Creator.” And Pope John Paul II warned of how “greed and selfishness” are not only “contrary to the order of creation,” but lead to an ecological and moral crisis as well.

With all the polluting and negative effects occurring — accompanied by greed for the almighty dollar — it would seem this drilling is a disordered use of the environment and most certainly in contempt of the creator.

Ron Slabe

Upper Burrell

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