It came to me this morning, that many of you who are still straddling the fence on the whole fracking issue may not have thought of two things…
1) There are a lot of TV ads proclaiming the safety of fracking…if that were true, do you really think the oil/gas companies would spend so much money on commercials to convince you?
2) Let’s say you didn’t sell or lease your mineral rights and you aren’t worried about it. Take a drive two miles from your home (Google Earth will do it with satellites so you can map your route before leaving home) and if you see an area of land about the size of four-football fields THAT is an area where a frack well could sit.
What does that mean to you? Well, once they turn that drill bit horizontally they can drill up to two miles away. That means they could drill under your land…yes, right in your back yard. And guess what? Your well water is now at risk for contamination. Your neighbor, who is two miles away from you, will be the person getting that nice fat check for the lease of their mineral rights and residual income if the well produces…..and you get nothing…except perhaps water that you can’t drink or bathe in.
How is that fair?
Go to http://www.letsbanfracking.org and find out where you can sign a petition to get this on the ballot in 2014. Better yet, sign up and commit to getting 12 or more signatures in the next two weeks. We still have time to slow this down now and stop it in 2014.
Call or write your state representative (find your state representative and how to contact them here):
and your state senator (find your state senator and how to contact him/her here):
Governor Rick Snyder:
PHONE: (517) 373-3400
PHONE: (517) 335-7858 – Constituent Services
Mail: Governor Rick Snyder
P.O. Box 30013
Lansing, Michigan 48909
Talk to your local government and let them know you are against fracking.