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Home / Articles / Editorial / Letters /  Local farmer should be more anxious about fracking effect on cattle, crops
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Wednesday, February 13,2013

Local farmer should be more anxious about fracking effect on cattle, crops

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.

Crissa Cummings
Howard Road
Millfield

 

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Greetings: Very little in Nature scares me, including breast cancer that I'm facing for rest of my life.


That said, frackin is fairly new. VP Cheney hid meetings behind closed doors and passed unconstitutional Laws to protect the companies.


However, when asked, I said take the money or have it stolen out from under you. No one tells public the hundreds of chemical being used, its as if communism has invaded America and used a dirty bomb, please save us from the Tea Baggers and the GOP. remove them from Congress before we all are killed by the rush for the dollar.


David M Jenkinson

 

 

 
 
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