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June 7, 2014

In Your Opinion: Pipeline, fracking links no coincidence

In a letter to the editor on May 5, Mike Zagata objected strongly to my linking fracking to the proposed Constitution Pipeline and called it “a deliberate attempt to confuse, scare and mislead. The two are not dependent upon one another.”

Yet Zagata supports BOTH fracking and the pipeline project — and acknowledges that fracking cannot be done without the pipeline — and is a former vice president of the pipeline company now owned by the corporation that wants to build the project!

He has tried to hide his connection to the gas pipeline companies where he spent most of his career convincing the public that whatever these companies want to do is good for the rest of us. He continues to tout his short stint as Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation — from which he was forced to resign for taking personal financial advantage of his position — as evidence that he is an “environmentalist” and argues strenuously that although the pipeline project will entail cutting down thousands of trees, with the consequent loss of habitat to many bird species and other wildlife, this will actually benefit these animals!

But now the truth is out. Mr. Zagata is just another wolf in sheep’s clothing, trying to pull the wool over our eyes.

His latest attempt to bamboozle us is to deny that there is any link between fracking and hundreds of gas leases throughout Delaware County near the proposed route that have expired but which may be renewed, all of them owned by Cabot Oil & Gas.

Cabot just happens to be the largest gas fracking company in northeastern Pennsylvania (with by far the worst safety record) and just happens to own a 25 percent interest in the pipeline. Ridiculous, says Zagata. There’s no connection at all between any of this.

Bob Rosen

East Meredith

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