In response to Mark Cares’ article at the bottom of the page in Mar 14, 2014, The Courier, Findlay, Ohio entitled, Fracking critics are preventing job opportunities. He is an oil field worker that thinks he knows everything about the safety of our air, water, and soil. In fact, all he knows is what he has been told. I grew up in Cygnet, Ohio. The air smelled like oil and the drinking from our well tasted like oil. Go to the web site, http://dangersoffracking.com. Here is some of the FACTS. 72 trillion gallons of water and 360 billion gals of poison chemicals is needed to run our current wells. There is over 1,000 documented cases of water contaminated next to areas of gas drilling as well as many cases of sensory, respiratory, and neurological damage due to contaminated water. 30-50% of fracturing fluid is left in open pits to evaporate releasing VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) into the atmosphere creating contaminated air, acid rain, and ground level ozone. The cronies were tired of paying for storage of the poison bi-products accumulated such as lead, mercury, radium, methanol, hydro-chloride acid, and formaldehyde, so what better way to make those poison chemicals disappear? Hemp will be legal to grow within a year in every state and province.
In response to David C. Breidenbach, letter counterpointing Mark Cares, March 15. Loosing coal is no reason to frack. Hemp char-coal is the total replacement. You say it CAN be abusive, become deadly, and can be done safely if carefully regulated. It is the king of abusive and deadly. All that, to bring some dead end jobs and a pile of money to the 1% that has a history of pulling vast amounts out of the land owners payments to buy basketball teams and stone mansions. It CAN NOT be done safely, no how, no way. David, you brought up some important facts and we appreciated them.