LETTER: State’s residents are victim of ‘legislative frackamania’

Apr. 18, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

To the Editor:

North Carolinians are victims of “legislative frackamania,” a rush to frack the Piedmont without regard to the very significant risks to community health and safety. Not content to promote more fossil fuel production, the legislature now proposes to trash the state’s support of renewable energy. Adding insult to injury, the new governor also wants offshore drilling. Does the legislature and governor actually buy the American Petroleum Institute assurance that there will never be another catastrophe like the BP oil spill?

Drinking water, coastal waters and public beaches, parks and wildlife reserves belong to American citizens, not the heartless corporate entities, and should never be compromised in order to enrich big oil. Brings to mind a 17th century poem that protests the enclosure of common lands by the nobility:

The law locks up both man and woman

who steal the goose from off the common

But lets the greater felon loose

who steals the common from the goose.

David Streifford