I have read enough articles and letters in the Sun-Gazette to finally feel forced to educate my fellow citizens. There is no Utopia. Most benefits to our society and lifestyle have some drawbacks. The bleeding heart environmentalists apparently don't understand this simple fact of life.
Northeastern Pennsylvania was established on three activities farming, timber and coal. These activities supported many families and immigrants for years. Were there environmental problems? The answer is obvious mine disasters, acid drainage, uncontrolled flooding and erosion.
This brings me to the main point of this education lesson-the natural gas industry. People seem to feel that there is no regulation. This isn't the coal mines and forests of the 1870's when there were no regulations. While the regulations are not perfect, there are agencies enforcing the regulations as they now exist.
What are the options? Develop a natural gas industry with its associated jobs and reduced dependence on foreign oil. Or, halt the fracking and continue to fight Middle Eastern wars to secure our energy.
What about farming? Should we allow the spreading of animal waste for natural fertilizer or do we shoot all domestic animals and become vegetarians. What about the timber industry? Should we properly manage this resource, or never cut another tree.
To all the environmental extremists who do not understand the complexity of this world, I hope your life is not too difficult. It must be tough walking to and from work. Then having to pick up dead sticks on the way home to cook your meals. But I am sure that you have lots of vegetables from your garden which has been fertilized with human waste of which you apparently have more than enough.
Jay D. Myers
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