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Separate ends of the environmental spectrum…

The Assoc. Press reported this week that data from some states does indeed indicate evidence of ground water pollution attributed to chemicals pumped into the earth to force natural gas toward the surface during the fracking process. (For the full story, Google “Kevin Begos” “Associated Press” “In at least four states”. Be sure to include the quotation marks.)

The natural gas industry has lobbied hard to convince people that the myriad chemicals they inject into the ground – well below ground water supplies, they insist – don’t impact water supplies.

My effort is small potatoes compared to the pending environmental disaster below ground, but what I do still counts for something.

My effort is small potatoes compared to the pending environmental disaster below ground, but what I do still counts for something.

Common sense would say ‘how can you pump something into the soil at any depth, at high pressure, with any plausible sense of assurance that it won’t roam uncontrolled?’ After all, the natural gas is pushed upward through fissures and cracks – the same paths ostensibly used by water. So we’re expected to believe chemicals aren’t to follow that same upward path and won’t intersect with water at some juncture?

Fracking is at the far end of the environmental importance spectrum, well away from my relatively paltry concern about a 2.5 mile pathway lined with other people’s junk. Fracking is a Big Boy concern with much greater consequences to us all.

Even so, the fracking and litter battles both figure into the sum total of environmental neglect. It just means the battleground for what is clean and good is broad and on many levels. My war continues to be waged at the street level. I’ll keep pressing the assault and be thankful for small daily small victories.

About Dave Bradley (264 Articles)
I was a writer by trade so one would think letters would come easily for me. It is so now, but wasn't always that way. Indeed, the first letter was written the Monday after Ellen started her freshman year in college. For years I've wondered - with no good answers - why I swiveled my office chair toward my computer screen to fire up a word processing document for that first letter. I just don't know. I just did. Perhaps it was the angst of separation or wanting to say things that had gone unsaid at that moment when we parted ways in front of her college dormitory. What was a one-off became habitual. When her brother Reid enrolled in the same college, his name was added to the salutation line. They were kids then and are adults now. No matter. The letter writing habit remains so today. I live in Brevard, North Carolina. I'm well away from where they live and don't see them nearly as often as I'd like. That's why letters, at least to me, fill the void of distance. The pages give me something to say and the space to say it. There is no assurance they read the letters; indeed, I have never asked if they do so. With the pace of their busy lives who could blame them for letting a letter sit unopened? Over time, it has dawned on me that the letters are both communicative - and cathartic. By nature, letters are about the writer; the writer can only write about their situation. Perhaps that is as it should be. It's all about the here and now from one person's perspective.

1 Comment on Separate ends of the environmental spectrum…

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