A local election in Anniston, Alabama highlights the trouble politicians have in actually protecting those who elect them. Hydraulic fracturing (fracking). Glenn Andrews writes:
I have asked several candidates to stand up for or against this issue. All have copped out. Some say it’s not a local issue. Others say they have to get elected first and then they’ll take a stand. Such cowardly wiggling out of taking a stand is an insult to democracy and to the citizens of this community. These people are running for positions of leadership. When the “fracking” issue comes up, our leaders should speak for us. The tyrannical federal government that is owned by Big Business and Big Oil will not listen to us individual citizens.
It is also fraudulent to pretend that our goal is to keep America independent from foreign oil. Fracking will only benefit oil companies. Consumers still pay the world price.
Please refuse to vote for any candidate who refuses to address this issue with strength and leadership.
This is for people running for Mayor and nobody can step up and tell people how it is.
Below is a video about tracking. Here is their breakdown:
Fracking chemicals are linked to bone, liver and breast cancers, gastrointestinal, circulatory, respiratory, developmental as well as brain and nervous system disorders. Such chemicals are present in frack waste and may find their way into drinking water and air.
Waste from Pennsylvania gas wells — waste that may also contain unacceptable levels of radium — is routinely dumped across state lines into landfills in New York, Ohio and West Virginia. New York does not require testing waste for radioactivity prior to dumping or treatment. So drill cuttings from Pennsylvania have been dumped in New York’s Chemung and other counties and liquid waste is shipped to treatment plants in Auburn and Watertown New York. How radioactive is this waste? Experts are calling are for testing to find out.
And to that our so-called leaders in society say ”no comment” and change talks to tax returns. These are the types of issues that will one day cause people to reverse their consumeristic course as the natural resources around them become contaminated.