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First I heard on the radio that tax revenue from the gas and oil industry to state and local municipalities hit a record high for the first quarter of 2014.

Then, earthquakes in Ohio were directly linked to hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.”

Now, proponents of fracking are boasting the safety of drilling related to underground water. When are Pennsylvanians going to connect the dots?

It is scientific fact that frack wells inject a poisonous cocktail into the ground to release natural gas to the surface. Companies hide behind the term “proprietary blend” to keep this cocktail secret, which clearly would violate the Clean Water Act.

It is also scientific fact that these wells and adjacent waste sites leach deadly vapor clouds into the air … more violations.

You don’t know this because Range Resources and other gas companies waste millions of dollars on pro-drilling ads that boast well-paying jobs and economic security. Also, we never hear the outcomes of monstrous lawsuits against these drilling companies, because these settlements are accompanied by “gag orders,” which silence the people who should be screaming the most. So much for truth, liberty and independence!

With 30,000-plus wells projected to be in place within the next 10 years, Pennsylvanians will spend billions resolving major health issues and importing potable water.

“Stay calm. Frack on?” Are you kidding?

There should be no debate when it comes to this issue. You can’t be employed if you’re sick or dead. Scared yet? You should be!

SALEM AYOOB
Las Vegas, Nevada

The writer is a frequent visitor to Allegheny County.


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