DICK LANDBACK: Fracking creates industrial blight

To the editor:

What do we picture when we think of a hydraulic fracturing (un)natural gas well?

Not a large, 24/7, noisy, smelly, permanent scar on the natural landscape, I’ll bet. Or an assembly of huge pumps, pipes, storage tanks and collection ponds.

The fracking industry would like us to overlook this industrial blight – blight that might end up in our neighborhood – Magoon Creek just south of Manistee, for example.

The industry would also like us to forget about the permanent loss of millions of gallons of our precious water for every well they drill. They would like us to ignore hundreds of huge tanker trucks (the heaviest trucks on the road) hauling undisclosed toxic chemicals to and from every well. They would like us to ignore the potential threat of thousands of wells (Encana has already applied for 500) being drilled in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

Please sign the Michigan anti-fracking petition for our grandchildren and their grandchildren. Give Michigan residents the right to decide their future.

Dick Landback
Manistee Water Guardians

 

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