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Letters to the Editor

Share concerns about fracking with senators

On July 10, Rock River Open Forum members watched and discussed the DVD “Gaslands Part 2” about hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

It was suggested we express our concerns to our state senators, Mike Jacobs and Tim Bivins. Below is a list of concerns, followed by information on methods to contact them.

n Collusion of large energy corporations and governmental officials;

n Intimidation of government by tiny elite number of energy corporations;

n Little power of citizenry to influence government;

n Pollution of precious groundwater and air;

n Release of methane and other gases (pollution), which increases global warming;

n Acceptance of extracting natural gas technique without extensive scientific study;

n Disposal of waste water;

n Secrecy of chemical names used in fracking process;

n Moneymaking over planet’s health;

n Biased public information regarding fracking;

n Exportation of fracked gas to other countries;

n Lack of concern for citizenry;

n Lack of national energy policy;

n Increased occurrence of earthquakes;

n General ignorance about fracking;

n Violation of private land rights;

n Increasing worldwide use of fracking;

n Short-term profit over long-term expenditures;

n Devastation of the environment;

n Human health hazards;

n Exaggeration of promised jobs; 

n Not enough consideration of solar, wind, hydro and geothermal energy;

n Negative influence on flora and fauna;

n Transportation dangers – pipelines, railroads, trucks;

n Extensive use of pure water;

n One of 20 fracking wells leaks natural gas; and

n Insufficient laws to protect citizenry.

State Sen. Mike Jacobs, D-36th District, 123 Capitol Building, Springfield, IL 62706; phone 217-782-5957; pertinent committees – energy, chairman; natural resources, sub-chairperson.

State Sen. Tim Bivins, R-45th District, M103A Capitol Building, Springfield, IL 62706; phone 217-782-0180.

Your letter or call is important because it expresses your concern and indicates your belief in democracy. Our elected representatives are our voices.

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