After months of public pressure over the possibility of expanding fracking in the Loyalsock State Forest, the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) finally held a public meeting on June 3rd at the Lycoming College in Williamsport. One leading opponent of these proposals has accepted our invitation to publish his presentation to the meeting at which he airs his real fears for the future, not just for the Loyalsock and its neighboring areas, but for our very existence at the hands of these ruthless exploiters. The gas is not going to help us or our economy – most of it will end up in China!
My name is Dean Marshall and I live in Columbia County. I am concerned not only about the cumulative effects of continued fossil fuel extraction and use, but especially by the permanent changes this will bring to Our few remaining Natural Areas.
I was raised in a peaceful, Forrest and Farming area of Luzerne County and taught to respect the land and All of the living things by my parents, who were raised on sawmills by their parents. Responsible use of our Natural Resources was always the priority.
We moved to Western New York when I was nine. Growing up there was full of new lessons! By my 16th yr. there was talk of pollution, and a need to conserve our Resources before it was too late. News of soaring Cancer rates near Niagara Falls was “leaking out”. This became the wakeup call that is known as the Love Canal Catastrophe. Huge corporations, DOW, Hooker and Uni...