Fracking in Sullivan County: Let’s call it what it is and examine the right issues 06/05/13

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Fracking in Sullivan County: Let’s call it what it is and examine the right issues

There is plenty of room for compromise enabling capitalism to flourish, yet still protect our environment 

 

by Ben Math

People in Sullivan County are so busy fighting over it they have not spent the time needed to understand what they can gain from it and how they can reasonably regulate it.

 

Last week, Ruby Pixman wrote an article “Fracking In Sullivan County: Governments Can, And Should Tell You It’s Not Acceptable” where he argued that both our country’s history and de facto status as a “socialist state” justifies the banning of fracking by local town governments. ‘

 

He’s wrong. Sullivan County landowners have right to be infuriated about new, developing fracking regulations being promulgated at the town level of government.

 

America is unique in the world for one simple reason. Our forefathers attempted to create a system where capitalism and democracy could coexist.

 

In their humility they began our constitution with the words “We the people, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity…”

 

These courageous men had studied the various forms of government that had existed over the previous millennia and boldly decided America would have a capitalistic economy and a democracy for governance.

 

They knew it would not be perfect, but it would be more perfect than anything in history.

 

Socialism was certainly not what our founders envisioned for their posterity.

The words in the constitution are not put into proper context unless we first read the Declaration of Independence which we should all do at least once a year to remind us from whence we came.

 

It is the parallels to the conditions identified in our Declaration of Independence that infuriate Sullivan County land owners regarding Fracking.

 

Yes, our governments at the town, county, state, and federal levels have many parallels to the King of England in 1776 and Sullivan County residents should be outraged.

 

That is not to say we should unleash fracking in our farmlands without regard to its potential impact on our neighbors.

 

But there is plenty of room for compromise enabling capitalism to flourish, yet still protect our environment.

 

In fact, if we are smart about it we could actually improve the environment and create wealth in Sullivan County at the same time.

 

That means the rhetoric and misinformation perpetuated by both anti-frackers and pro-frackers must to be totally dismissed and we must turn away from the lobbyists behind those positions.

 

For starters perhaps those people out there with No Fracking signs posted all over the county should add a line at the bottom “Support your Foreign Terrorist”.

Fracking is a relatively new process and industry is still learning more about it every time they drill another well.

 

I’m glad there has been as much fracking activity around the US as there has before it turned its eye on Sullivan County. There have been errors in judgment by the fracking industry and the permitting agencies.

 

History has already shown Fracking if done without proper constraints can seriously impact the environment and individual landowners.

 

So what will we do within the limits of our democracy to prepare for it so it is mutually beneficial on all fronts?

 

History has already shown Fracking if done without proper constraints can seriously impact the environment and individual landowners.

 

However, history has also shown Fracking can be accomplished with only positive impacts on the environment.

 

Why are some wells a disaster while others a blessing? This is the issue we should be collectively focusing on.

 

So what will we do within the limits of our democracy to prepare for it so it is promotes the general welfare of the citizens of Sullivan County while preserving or enhancing our environment?

 

People in Sullivan County are so busy fighting over it they have not spent the time needed to understand what they can gain from it and how they can reasonably regulate it.

 

Rest assured, we will not stop it. It’s capitalism in one of its most powerful forms.

 

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Bazzo 06/05/13

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