To the Editor:
Re: The letter to the editor from Joe Lucas in your Feb. 7 issue.
Mr. Lucas, how altruistic of you to be so concerned about the wellbeing of Athens County's poor at your own expense. I am surprised you aren't more worried about your cattle. In an article published last year in "New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy," two veterinarians compiled 24 case studies of farmers in six shale-gas states whose livestock experienced neurological, reproductive and acute gastrointestinal problems after being exposed to fracking chemicals in the water or air.
The most horrific case they reported was when 70 dairy cows died after exposure to frack wastewater when wastewater ponds were drained into pasture and a pond in order to make room for more "flowback," aka brine. I'd also think you would be more worried about losing the use and worth of your land. Each well pad takes from five to 15 acres, and they put up to 16 wells per square mile. That sure is a lot more ruined pasture than the old well in my pasture takes up.