Published in the Akron Beacon Journal,
Voice of the People August 11, 2017
To those whom we elected to protect and serve us: You are cordially invited on a field trip to visit constituents who represent what is looming on our local horizon. Bring your staff, family, friends and pets. (But don’t let your pets or children frolic in any puddles or in the yards.) You are invited to come to what was once beautiful Carroll County. Notice the hydraulic fracking wells that are marring the rolling countryside. Visit Barry and Mary Booth, who live within sight of the Tennessee Gas Compressor Station in Carrollton. They believe emissions from the facility have contributed to their health problems, including nausea, rashes, nosebleeds, headaches and Mary’s cancer.
Drive down Interstate 77 south of I-70 and visit Jeff from Noble County who reports from a mile and a half away: “For the last few nights the Crum Compressor Station on Seneca Lake has roared and flared most all night. … The next day, after all the flaring, you could see a giant cloud over my property.”
Consider that your constituents who live close to compressor stations going in your areas (like those planned for Wadsworth and Wooster) will be coming to you with these same complaints. Do you represent your voters, instead of greedy out-of-state and foreign corporations? Do you have the courage to change the laws that have unfairly given corporations the undisputed right to pollute our neighborhoods and the environment? If not, then maybe you shouldn’t be holding an office. (See noNexus.org for more details.)
The Rev. Dr. Sharon Kiesel