Fear based on facts II
As a Delmont resident living within 2 miles of several active well sites, this is a response to the letter referring to “clueless anti's” ( “Same old talking points” ).
First, oil and gas drilling and completion activities are indeed associated with impacts to human health and the environment. This is not a “fear-mongering scare tactic” — it is a fact supported by a wealth of empirical data and scientific research. A study including data from “fracked” areas in Westmoreland County, for example, showed higher rates of perinatal mortality, infant mortality and cancer in young children. I encourage those who are uninformed to review these studies.
Second, while we are all certainly entitled to our own opinions, misstating facts and attacking others is unpersuasive and unproductive. Most industries embrace the idea of being a “good corporate citizen.” Those of us working to protect our communities are merely asking the oil and gas industry to do the same — by keeping industrial activities in industrial areas, by responsibly monitoring and by properly informing the public. This is not a difficult burden to meet.
This is the position of not just a few “anti's,” but of many well-educated citizens and professionals who are far from “clueless.”