Letter to the Editor, Aug. 8, 2014
What a waste
EDITOR: Last weekend the drinking water of 400,000 Toledo residents was fouled by animal waste. With unfettered growth of animal agriculture and ineffective discharge regulations, it will happen again in our own state.
The problem has become pervasive. Waste from chicken farms has rendered ocean off the East Coast unfit for fishing. Waste from Midwest cattle ranches carried by the Mississippi River has created a permanent "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico larger than that of the infamous 2010 BP oil spill.
Animal agriculture dumps more pollution to our waterways than all other human activities combined. Principal pollutants are animal manure, fertilizers, as well as soil particles, organic debris, and pesticides from feed cropland. Manure and fertilizers promote growth of toxic algae that poison drinking water supplies. Organic matter feeds microorganisms that deplete oxygen and kill fish.
Effective regulations to limit dumping of animal waste into water supplies have been blocked by the meat industry.
Fortunately, every one of us has the power to stop this outrage three times a day by saying 'no' to polluting meat and dairy products. Our local supermarket offers ample alternatives. Entering "live vegan" in a search engine provides useful recipes and transition tips.
EDITOR's NOTE: The following letter is being re-run, because of a typographical error that occurred when the letter appeared in Thursday's edition.
Time to be heard
EDITOR: I believe the Pennsylvania Supreme Court made a wrong decision regarding gathering fees. Our lease does not mention gathering fees. The Supreme Court added this. Governor Corbett said he could not undo their ruling because it would change our lease. The Supreme Court has done that. We need our lease honored as it was written.
We land owners need our governor, senators, and our representatives to work for us. If these people don't do something to reverse the court's ruling they should not be reelected.
The state law that says land owners must be paid one eighth of the value of the gas needs to be honored.
The Daily Review 7/25/14 article "Reason for shrinking royalty checks," states that Access Midstream is a spin off from Chesapeake. In other words they formed another company where the profits go to the same people. The result is the land owner pays almost what the gas is worth in gathering fees.
Maybe the Pa. Supreme Court should be investigated to see if there was a money reason they ruled the way they did.
Good job county commissioners...