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October 2, 2012

Fracking will spoil our health

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The Daily Star

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I am a 20-year-old resident of Unadilla. I just moved here with my family in the beginning of summer from Long Island.

There were a few major reasons why we moved up here. One of the main reasons was to get away from the air pollution we were all breathing in every single day. Now that I’m up here, I hear that there’s a possibility of fracking being allowed.

I truly do not understand how such a thing could be allowed. It makes me wonder if people know the facts. The environment around us will be completely polluted. The chemicals that these companies will use to have the natural gases come up will contaminate my family’s water and my water. Family friends of mine in Pennsylvania where fracking has begun complain are upset because when they turn on the faucet, or shower, their home fills up with the smell of all the chemicals.

I live with my 90-year-old grandmother, and my parents themselves are seniors in their mid-60s. They already worry about their health as it is, being that they’re older, but now they have to worry about this? Imagine the thought of taking a shower to be clean, and we smell chemicals? No, thank you.

Never mind the other environmental risks. How about the animals that have died or the birth defects in the states where fracking is allowed? Cattle that we may use for meat, sick from the chemicals used for fracking? That doesn’t sound too healthy. The idea of fracking being allowed is completely outrageous. There are other ways of finding jobs for people.

Kerri Ficke

Unadilla