LETTER: Voters should remember reps stance on fracking

Jun. 18, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

To the Editor:

The other day, I bought a Coca-Cola. As I sipped from the bottle, I read the list of ingredients printed on the label. All of them were listed, but if I gathered each one up, I don't think I'd be able to make a batch of my own Coca-Cola. That's because while the ingredients are listed, the formula that tells you how to make Coca-Cola is not.

That got me to thinking about fracking and the General Assembly's push to keep the chemicals in fracking fluids a secret. The energy companies like to say the ingredients in their fracking fluids are a proprietary secret, and if they share those ingredients with competitors, they'll lose money. But like in the Coca-Cola I drank the other day, ingredients don't make a formula.

A formula is a process, a recipe. The energy companies want more than to protect the recipe that makes up the fluid they'll be pumping into our ground — they don't even want to tell us the ingredients. And it's a small wonder why. Many of the chemicals used in fracking fluids pose a danger to human health and the environment.

Rep. Mike Stone and Sen. Ron Rabin have continually cast their support to the gas industry, rather than the health of their constituents and the environment they live in. Voters should remember that as November approaches.

Bill Tatum