When asked about New York’s ban on fracking, Wolf called New York’s decision unfortunate. “I want to have my cake and eat it, too. I don’t want to do what New York did,” he said.
What New York did was to place the health of its people first. It is unfortunate Wolf is placing the health of Pennsylvania’s somewhere further down the list.
For those paying attention during the 2014 Governor campaigns, this should have come as no surprise. Wolf didn’t run on a promise to protect the health of the people, he ran on more industrializing Pennsylvania via more drilling, more pipelines, more midstream infrastructure and more money via a severance tax.
Wolf didn’t win the election because people thought he would be best for the job. Frankly given Corbett’s record and lack of public approval a bag of door knobs would have beaten him. People voted for Wolf because he was seen as the lesser of two evils, which is still an evil, and that’s unfortunate.
This past September, I attended a Luzerne County Democratic Committee picnic. The then candidate for Lt. Governor, Mike Stack was there. He spoke to the crowd and talked about Pennsylvania’s greatest resource being the Marcellus Shale, then caught himself, and quickly said but the greatest real resource is the people of Pennsylvania.
It is unfortunate that Stack couldn’t remember which crowd he was speaking to, and which talking point to utter.
The industry’s Frack-Fairy tales have been dispelled many times over, so it is unfortunate Wolf, like Corbett and Rendell before him continue to believe the industry will sprinkle sparklies and rainbows across Pennsylvania.
Wolf did say he would create a health registry. One already exists. It’s call the List of the Harmed.
The List of the Harmed has over 7,500 entries of people who are unfortunate to be in the way of the industry.
Let’s look at a few of them:
- Pam Judy and family
- Location: Carmichaels, PA
- Gas Facility: Compressor station 780 feet away
- Exposure: Air
- Symptoms: Headaches, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, nosebleeds, blood test show exposure to benzene and other chemicals
- Darrell Smitsky
- Location: Hickory, PA
- Gas Facility: Range Resources Well, less than 1,000 ft
- Exposure: Water – toluene, acrylonitrile, strontium, barium, manganese
- Symptoms: Rashes on legs from showering.
- Symptoms (animal): Five healthy goats dead; fish in pond showing abnormal scales; another neighbor comments anonymously
- Stacey Haney
- Location: Washington County, PA
- Gas Facility: Range Resources gas well and 7 acre waste impoundment
- Exposure: Water – glycol and arsenic
- Symptoms: Son – stomach, (liver and kidney) pain, nausea, fatigue and mouth ulcers; daughter – similar symptoms
- Symptoms (animal): Dogs – death; goat – death; horse – sick
- Mary McConnell
- Location: Bedford County,PA
- Gas Facility: Columbia Gas storage field
- Exposure: Air – methane
- Symptoms: Headaches, breathing difficulties, sore muscles and other health issues
These people and many more would like help to get their health, homes and life back. They do not want cake.
© 2014 by Dory Hippauf