I Will Not Be Represented, But Fracking Will.
It would seem as a voting citizen of the Common Wealth of Pennsylvania, my vote counted for nothing. Because they hold the majority the republicans decided that they don’t care one bit how the people feel about anything. They proved it with the way they are taking money from the Drilling companies.
In order to prevent the Pennsylvania legislature from creating reasonable taxation measures and necessary safety rules, the drilling industry has made more than $3 million in political contributions to Pennsylvania lawmakers since 2001. It has spent an additional $5 million on lobbying in Harrisburg in just the last three years.
And now with the way that they have cut up the districts, especialy ones with a major of fracking activity, which my district falls under. They also showed that they are the education party(snark) with the way that Corbett and his henchmen screwed the kids with their budget. You may say that I am a conspiracy theorist, but when your budget hurts the schools of the state and leans towards the drilling industry something is wrong. If you would rather cut the schools than tax the drilling industry at a fair rate not the laughable rate that was puked up in HB1950.
I was looking at the Redistricting Maps and it seems suspicious, how the Republicans grew into having areas that are being, or are soon to be, involved in Hydraulic Fracturing. Now put this together with, HB 1950, and the fact they want the loss of zoning by the municipalities and the gain by Harrisburg and what do you think is going to happen. I know some of the sleepers are saying, “They wouldn’t dare vote that in.” All I can say to those people is, “look at what they did to our schools with their budget. Look at what they are doing while peeking out of the pockets of the drilling companies.”
Here in the newly drawn up 15th district we get Rep. Jim Christiana Republican from Beaver County who’s record shows that he sides with the Drilling companies. In an article on his site he basically comes out and says that he is all for getting the Marcellus Shale by any means necessary.
“Hydraulic fracturing is absolutely essential to produce natural gas from the Marcellus Shale and other gas shales that promise to hold more than a 100-year supply of natural gas for our nation, which would go a long way in reducing our reliance on foreign oil,” Christiana said. “This clean and safe process has been used on more than one million wells and been the subject of more than 30 studies by various state and federal agencies. There are absolutely NO documented cases linking hydraulic fracturing to contamination of ground water.”
Hydraulic fracturing (also known as fracking), which has been used to stimulate production of oil and gas wells for more than 60 years and is currently used on more than 90 percent of wells drilled in the United States, involves pumping sand, water and several diluted chemical additives, which represent less than 1 percent of the mixture, into the rock to create a fracture allowing natural gas to escape for extraction.
I added the emphases in the letter to point out, he does not have or refuses to point out, even though the chemicals may only be just over 1%, with a spill it can and has destroyed well water and killed farm animals and wildlife. At a local lake it has killed fish and other aqua life not once but three times. Also drilling companies have been allowed to drain the lake six to eight feet also killing the aqua life. They have done the same in local creeks and streams.
I think that this redistricting should be looked into and check to see if the republicans who drew it up this way, got any political or financial gain. (I know this happens every ten years, but this time it is just a bit strange [to me] the way it was drawn up.) If it turns out this is the case, let the courts handle it from there. (Oh yea, it was a court-appointed Chairman, a Republican judge from Delaware County, casting the swing vote.)