Regarding the March 24 editorial “Prudent Drilling: The County Has a Good Deal at Deer Lakes Park”: If I had billions of dollars to spend on advertising like the natural gas industry, I, too, would run ads on TV and in the newspapers. A tall, handsome, well-dressed man would remind viewers that pipes eventually leak, concrete cracks, spills happen, explosions occur and lives can be lost.
He would remind people that it takes time for Wild Well Control to travel from Texas to extinguish drill pad fires, that gas migrates underground, that carcinogenic chemicals are used to frack and air is polluted with methane gas that is 25 to 30 times more potent than greenhouse gases given off by burning coal. Water has been polluted, and 3 million to 5 million gallons of water are used to frack each well. Ohio doesn’t want more of our waste water to inject underground.
Trains carrying this fuel can and have derailed in highly populated areas. Current Department of Environmental Protection funding has been cut by 59 percent since Gov. Tom Ridge in 2000-2001 while the number of wells has increased. Landfill owners are now rejecting radioactive drill waste.
Surely we can find safer ways to fund county park improvements. Using solar, wind and geothermal energy to create clean energy jobs sounds much more prudent to me.