To the Editor:
Thank you to the growing number of Ohio University students and faculty, and community members who are volunteering their time to Fossil Fuel-Free OU. I support their vigil held Saturday for the struggle against the Keystone XL Pipeline. The organization's mission is to advocate and enact the university's divestment from the fossil fuel industry. I commend this because as a near-lifelong community member of Athens County, I have already felt the effects of contaminated water thanks to the C-8 infections DuPont put into my water supply; I've heard and seen the stories of contamination from coal plants in Cheshire, Ohio plagued by sulfurous gas clouds and acid rain; I've been to and seen the destructions of fracking in northern Ohio and Pennsylvania and as the corrupt fracking industry cons our people into injecting radioactive poison into our eco-systems with which we co-exist (but seriously).
I am elated to know that students think about what is behind the creation of convenience in their privileged lives and hopefully with luck and faithful support, help to end the nightmares of Appalachia and the torment of those who are all too often quieted and harmed for the sake of money alone – across the country, our world and mostly, the regions close to our hearts. Please email them at firstname.lastname@example.org