Letters to the Editor

Stand up to fracking

Our beautiful state is under siege.

Fracking is damaging our forests, farms and towns. This unconventional form of drilling is destructive and dangerous. It threatens wildlife and human health.

It despoils our air and water. Fracking is exempt from the Clean Air and Clean Water acts. Each well drilled uses 2 to 8 million gallons of water, usually taken from our rivers and streams, and turns it into a toxic soup containing carcinogens, endocrine disrupters and, often, radioactive elements.

Pennsylvania is expected to have many thousands of fracked wells.

Shale gas extracted from these wells is touted as the answer to coal regarding climate change, but it is still a fossil fuel. When the entire lifecycle of shale gas is considered, including methane migration and transmission leaks, it may be as bad as coal in terms of greenhouse gas emissions.

The time is now for sustainable, renewable energy — solar, wind and geothermal. The future of our species and the health and welfare of all on Earth is at risk.

The public is invited to attend a “Global Frackdown” event, part of a worldwide initiative, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Allen Street Gates. Learn more about fracking and what we can do to stop it from negatively impacting Pennsylvania.

Join us to help stop the frack attack.

Pam Steckler

State College