Marcellus project threatens a farm and our values

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The organic farm that provides my family with fruit and vegetables 10 months out of the year is at risk of grave damage due to a proposed Marcellus Shale gas compressor station (“Beaver County Farmer Says Marcellus Project Threatens His Business,” July 23).

My wife and I have been customers of Kretschmann farm for more than five years. Our children have grown up on the wholesome nutrition of their produce. We have taken them to the farm on numerous occasions to see where their food comes from. We are trying to do the right thing for our state and our country by choosing to “buy local” whenever possible. We are trying to impart a lifestyle of environmental stewardship and support of the local economy as an example to our children, friends and neighbors.

The proposed Marcellus gas compressor station threatens these values and our health. As citizens of Pennsylvania, we all have “a right to clean air, pure water and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and aesthetic values of the environment” (Article I, Section 27, PA Constitution). Having grown up in communist Hungary in the 1980s, I am keenly attuned to threats to liberty and personal freedoms. I came to America because of its promise of liberty and personal freedoms. The actions of the Marcellus Shale industry threaten the very values this country represents. Let’s not let them bully people into selling out our rights.

We hope New Sewickley Township will do the right thing for our health, our land, our country and our children and deny the request to build a Marcellus gas compressor station adjacent to Kretschmann farm.


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