It is hard to believe that a whole month has slipped by. Traveling and camping in the Adirondack Mountains of NY for a little over 3 weeks certainly has a soothing affect on one's soul! But one thought crossed my mind almost every day as we kayaked: what if just one aquifer or river in this region became contaminated because of extreme gas drilling elsewhere? It would all change so quickly. The beauty of Mother Nature and the mountain environment particularly is that it is the grandest statement of all: we are one and all is connected. Nothing in nature works independently. We are 100% dependent on each other. This is not a world of "survival of the fittest". Our world operates most efficiently with mutual cooperation.
I was surprised not to find a single sign of resistance to fracking in NY on the roads we traveled. In one tavern I overheard a basic conversation about the ills of drilling - but nothing more. Perhaps when folks vacation in their summer homes they just want a rest? That bothers me. The fracking frenzy does not rest.
There is a lot of work to do to educated the public in this state - and all states - about the future affects of what oil and gas corporations are proposing to do by using extreme drilling techniques. The cry that "it's my land I'll do as I want" doesn't fit the real picture. All aspects of gas production do not reside in that one plot of leased acreage! We all have a mutual interest and connection to what happens to the land and environment of our region. From the hills of Pennsylvania, through the rivers of the flat lands to the mountains of our state - there is just one ecosystem and we all share it.
Recently Ellen Cantarow, Truthout published an interview with Louis Allstadt, Former Mobil VP Warns of Fracking and Climate Change. I hope you'll read it.