Until yesterday–despite the ample evidence that the shale gas boom effects health and safety–only a very few people in Arlington showed any concern for impacts from natural gas drilling in their neighborhoods. That’s all changed now.
Yesterday I received dozens and dozens of emails from people I didn’t know many of whom signed their emails with a message about being a patriot and declaring their conservatism–hardly “tree huggers.” I’m not the least bit surprised but I am a little overwhelmed in trying to respond to everyone. The pattern is predictable all across the United States:
- The Big Gas Mafia rolls into town with promises of great riches.
- They seduce our media, educators, academics and lawmakers.
- They donate to our charities and promise to be a good neighbor.
- Then they start their operations and the awful reality of life in the gas patch sets in.
- Nose Bleeds
- Nausea and more
You have been led down the garden path. Welcome to the Gas Patch.