Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Bradford County USA
Beautiful Bradford County is now an industrial zone. One of the saddest sights I have seen ever because my family summer homestead is there on the Susquehanna River. It won't be long before our family cannot go there anymore. Worse yet, some family members refuse to accept the dangers of air, water, and soil contamination and plan to continue to visit there as we all have for decades. Some local people get upset with people like us because we can come and go. They have to live in this Sacrifice Zone twelve months a year. What are they supposed to do? Many have no safe water to drink. Many have devalued properties which are hard to sell. Many are low-income and have no means to relocate. What are they going to do? Some have signed gas leases; others have not. All are at risk. They are considered collateral damage. Humans and animals are just collateral damage, dispensible, vulnerable. Lives ruined. For what? A few years of un-natural gas energy? Perhaps it's legal, but is it right?