It doesn’t belong

Gas drilling does not belong in the pristine forests of Pennsylvania.

Article 1, Section 27 of our Pennsylvania Constitution states:

“The People have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and aesthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania’s public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people.”

Loyalsock Creek and Wallis Run, in our Loyalsock Forest, along with others, need to be kept “clean.”

Why should we allow the already patent environmental destruction, pollution and noise hazards caused by compressor stations, transmission lines, and water withdrawal facilities near public schools, churches, and other community assets.

Why should we allow the erosion of roads and bridges to heavy truck traffic?

Wallis Run Road is again closed due to collapse of a bridge under the weight of a truck.

One of our state senators, in particular, and all of our politicians, need to do their job, whether they own land which they have leased to a gas company for personal profit or not. Obey the law. Vote to uphold the Constitution of our Commonwealth.

Jack McKee