LETTER: Big business shouldn't be trusted with health, safety

Apr. 16, 2014 @ 04:59 AM

To the Editor:

I am definitely pro-business, but, public safety and well being should come first. Presently, fracking is bad business.

The demand for natural gas is temporarily great; the demand for the next decade is not. The price could drastically increase in 20 years. Why not wait for higher prices and safer drilling practices?

The shale beds in Pennsylvania and Ohio are 7,000 to 9,000 feet underground. Central North Carolina shale is only 3,000 feet below ground level. This is cause for much concern.

The drilling industry should not be directly involved in writing drilling and transportation regulations. Chemicals used in any phase of drilling should be disclosed and controlled. We can't trust big business. For many years, the cigarette industry presented facts and studies declaring the absolute safety of tobacco. Some companies even declared health benefits. Tobacco brought billions of dollars into our economy. Who is paying now? You should not blindly trust big business with your health and safety. They have one objective. Money.

Sanford and Lee County have long touted our abundance of clean water. One spill, and eventually contaminants leaking through rock layers could totally destroy our water supply. The Deep River, which surrounds the Lee County shale, is our only water source. Pollute it, we’re done.

Everyone needs to rethink this industry. A few could get rich quick. The rest could pay for years and years to repair the damage.

Tom Lee