Deep injection wells for fracking
wastewater and chemicals are the redheaded stepchild of environmental
issues. It doesn't seem like there's any reason not to support efforts
to close operational injection wells, or to block proposed well permits.
Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly should
resign immediately so he can focus on his defense against a 25-county
criminal indictment handed down in Athens on Friday. And more
importantly, so Athens County can begin to put Kelly's polarizing and
corrupt administration behind it.
For a long time, I've been concerned
about the growing polarization in our nation's politics and governance.
Being a moderate liberal, I tend to blame the Tea Party faction in the
Republican Party, though no doubt, some on the left are also guilty of
treating politics as a team sport rather than a sincere effort to find
truth and solve problems.
All last week, we kept hearing that the
grand jury called to hear evidence regarding a state investigation into
Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly was convening for perhaps the last time
before issuing a report on the investigation.
The holidays are well upon us in
Athens, and I'd like for all of us to take a break from arguing about
fracking. In the spirit of Christian charity, let's stipulate that the
other side of the debate may actually have one or two good points or
When we first began covering the huge
news about an ethane cracker/plastics manufacturing complex proposed for
32 miles east of Athens last week, our journalistic reflex was to
report it as a local story.