Fracking and shale-gas drilling have provoked a litany of “concerns” from a segment of our population fighting technology and progress.
In a footnote to the major election news, anti-fracking activists in Denton won the day, as 59 percent of voters supported a ban on fracking within the city. This crusade captured national attention because Texas is known as the heart of the fossil fuel industry.
Denton is in essence a college town; fracking opponents won with a campaign emphasizing worries about truck traffic, noise and air pollution, rather than the phony health and water contamination hype promoted by Gasland auteur Josh Fox and his coterie.
Meanwhile, voters in Ohio’s Rust Belt sent a proposed ban to a landslide defeat.
Not coincidentally, an economic boom is occurring there. The people with real “skin in the game” — those in the Ohio rust belt — are eager to have energy development in their blighted region.
In sum, there’s nothing new here: college kids are alive with concern and speak up; meanwhile, our nation’s energy needs are far less fraught than only five years ago.
Symbolic as this vote may be, fracking represents a major part of America’s energy future, and it’s a good one, both for our energy needs and our overall economy.
— Dr. Gilbert Ross,
The American Council on Science and Health, New York
In reference to the Nov. 8 letter “A costly vote”: The writer, president & CEO of an energy company, has a tainted view of this vote.
A majority of the voters in Denton apparently care about clean water, air and land enough to stop fracking in their area and keep the environment cleaner and safer for the generations to come.
The argument is it will cost money.
Money! It is the one thing oil and gas companies care about.
It is their bottom line. It will cost in law suits, it will cost in drilling and production costs, it will cost in increased gas prices.
There is no mention in the letter that the process is environmentally safe.
Are profits more important than clean water, clean air and unpolluted, farmable land?
Is clean air and water worth 50 cents on a gallon of gas? Is it worth $5 on your monthly gas bill? Is it worth $10 to turn on the tap and drink clean water?
It has to start somewhere and just because some of the companies who might lose money are suing them doesn’t make the majority of Denton voters wrong.
— Steve Halliday Sr.,