The May 7 Beacon Journal ballyhooed the pipeline proposed by Spectra Energy to transport gas expected to be taken from Utica shale (“Pipeline could run through region”). On the May 9, the paper headlined the Ohio Oil & Gas Association touting the use of injection wells for disposal of waste from hydraulic fracturing (“Oil industry touts use of injection wells”).
The companies want the public to buy into the safety and efficiency of their operations in spite of the reality, which is that there is nothing truly safe or efficient about them.
On March 16, an oil and gas well accident triggered an explosion and a huge fire in Wayne County’s Chippewa Township (“Wayne County well explosion sparks huge fire”).
Areas where injection wells have been used to dispose of drilling waste have experienced earthquakes even though they have never experienced earthquakes before. Recently, scientists determined that e earthquakes that have been occurring in Oklahoma are linked to injection wells.
The fossil fuel industry is intent upon making sure that they squeeze the very last dollar out of fossil fuels, no matter what the cost to the only planet we have to live on.
They will tell us whatever they think will keep us quiet and accepting, and pooh-pooh the efficiency and effectiveness of solar energy, while other nations are using solar energy to their advantage and cleaning up their environments.
Hydraulic fracturing is using up our fresh water at an alarming rate, and tar sands pipelines are leaking.
If we are to survive we must have water. Leaving in the ground 70 percent to 80 percent of the purposely polluted water used in each fracked well does not protect the water we need for survival.
Pumping the remaining 20 percent to 30 percent of that polluted water into injection wells does not protect the water we need for survival.
The role played by injection wells in earthquakes is not clearly understood, but it is no longer questionable. The role played by hydraulic fracturing in the destruction of freshwater resources is clear and evident.
Burning question for Cleveland captives
The three ladies who were tortured and held captive in Cleveland have been through so much. They and their families cannot retaliate against their captor. The law must take its course.
However, perhaps there is something that can be done for them. The house where they were held prisoner is said to be in foreclosure. If that is so, it may be possible for the people of Ohio to collect money to purchase this derelict prison from the bank.
When and if the young ladies are feeling strong enough and well enough, they could be given a sledge hammer. Let them go for it.
When they are finished destroying their prison, however long it takes, let them strike a match to burn it down, with the fire department standing by, of course. How about it, Ohio? I’m willing to put up the first $200 to make it happen.
Portman upholds Second Amendment
It has come to my attention that U.S. Sen. Rob Portman is being portrayed in an unfair light in regards to his position on our Second Amendment freedoms. The so-called universal background checks would affect only law-abiding citizens.
Portman did support other amendments that would help fix our broken mental-health system, increase funding for school security and increase penalties for gun traffickers and straw purchasers.
We must remember we cannot legislate morality.
Scot A. Villwock
Full disclosure for oil, gas drillers
I would like to call attention to the danger of allowing shale gas extraction (hydraulic fracturing) to continue. Although gas companies in Ohio have repeatedly claimed that the process and chemicals used are safe, they are not required to completely disclose the chemical information in advance.
This is because they say it is an industry secret. Col. Sanders has a secret recipe, too, but KFC is required to disclose the ingredients to the Food and Drug Administration and medical professionals, in case I get ill.
Gas companies do not have to disclose immediately their chemical concoctions to anyone, including medical professionals and first responders like firefighters and emergency medical personnel.
There have been reports of explosions at hydraulic fracturing sites.
What information do investigators in Ohio have to go on? How would they know when it is safe for a family to return home? How would firefighters safely attack a fire ignited by an unknown chemical?
How can a doctor treat a patient who has been exposed to an unknown chemical?
We need our legislators to compel energy companies to disclose immediately the composition of their chemical secrets to medical professionals and first responders.
The Fracking Emergency Medical Right to Know Act, now before the legislature, would protect all Ohioans and hold gas companies accountable.
Playing politics with gun control
I was very disappointed to see that attempts to address the violence in our schools and communities died in the Senate. But I’m not angry at people like U.S. Sen. Rob Portman ,who voted against the ineffective and complicated legislation that came before the Senate.
I’m angry at the Democrats in power who refused to put forward common-sense legislation that all have agreed on, that might have actually addressed the root causes of gun violence and wouldn’t have infringed on Second Amendment rights.
They played politics with this bill. It’s unfortunate, and it is certainly disappointing.
Honor for all in Korean conflict
The Department of Defense 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee, having noted that 2013 marks the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, decided to honor the veterans of this conflict. Well done.
But then the committee redefined “Korean veteran” as only those who served in the Korean theatre. It is ignoring the military support structure that made possible our presence and combat in Korea.
This structure stretched all the way back to the Pentagon, perhaps 85 percent of the total in uniform. The “support structure” is not welcome in parades. The committee is disenfranchising these veterans
The majority of the personnel in the support structure were draftees. They, like volunteers, served honorably wherever they were asked to serve. They deserve the same respect.
James N. Ruby
Avoid another Middle East conflict
It is reported that Bashar Assad is using chemical weapons and nerve gas to kill Syrian rebels. It’s all over the media that the red line was crossed, and talking heads are saying the U.S. should attack Assad in Syria and support the rebels, including al-Qaida factions.
The reason is that these chemical weapons might get into our enemies’ hands and be used against us in a domestic terrorist attack.
But don’t our enemies already have chemical weapons? In the meantime, we risk a world war, with chemical and nuclear weapons, for what? To support our enemies? These are the same rebels who are attacking Christians in Syria. The U.S. has been involved in at least five Middle Eastern wars since 1991. They have solved nothing. If anything, radical Muslims have gotten more upset with us, and terrorism is growing, here and in the world.
Tell the president and members of Congress to refuse to let us get involved in another senseless war.
Coverage exposed abortion doctor
I would like to thank the Beacon Journal for publishing stories about Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the abortion doctor in Philadelphia. He was accused of killing a woman with an overdose of sedatives and killing three babies born live after abortions performed by him. One woman working at the clinic admitted to slicing the neck of a baby born alive.
It has been reported that abortions were done as late as seven months’ gestation, past the viability standards set by the Supreme Court.
Dr. Gosnell reportedly kept babies’ feet in jars, for DNA, if it was needed.
To me, this story is just as much an atrocity as the Jodi Arias case. Of course, the Boston bombings took precedence, but the story about Dr. Gosnell needed to be told.