Fracking foe short on facts
To the Editor:
A moratorium on fracking is a very bad idea for Illinois (Fracking moratorium finds friendly audience in Carbondale, Oct. 31). Opponents have little evidence that fracking contaminates groundwater supplies or is a threat to public health in any way.
The representative from Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing Our Environment, who claimed to have a 128-page report from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency of fracking-related contamination failed to tell The Southern Illinoisan that the report is more than 30 years old, and is in regards to wastewater disposal, an entirely separate industrial process that is not unique to fracking. A fracking moratorium wouldn’t even prevent other manufacturers from disposing wastewater in their own way not to mention a lot of regulations have changed since 1978.
According the highly-respected research firm IHS, 1.7 million jobs have been created by the energy production boom in which fracking and horizontal drilling technologies were largely responsible for, and three million expected by 2020. If Illinois, with 8.8 percent unemployment, is going to avoid taking full advantage of this economic opportunity, it should be because of a lot more evidence than a report from 1978.
We all are neighbors
To the Editor:
Who said religion and politics don’t mix? Mr. Henneberger’s October 24 letter seems to make the case, in which he takes a busload of nuns to task because they stump for Obama rather than set up soup kitchens and food pantries. He criticizes Mr. Del Rio’s position on forgiveness as philosophical nonsense.
Aren’t we all neighbors, each on our own spiritual and political path? Not one is better than another; some are merely further along. Jesus was sacrificed for Mother Teresa and Adolf Hitler. He was sacrificed for Julius Caesar and Barack Obama, Communists and Jews, Mr. Del Rio and Mr. Henneberger.
Mr. Henneberger violated his own principle: “One may never do evil in order that good may result,” by failing to remove the plank from his own eye before pointing out the mote in Mr. Del Rio’s. Perhaps a better test of righteousness is this. First, are my actions loving, and second, do my actions glorify God? In teaching us to love each other and do the will of his Father, Jesus glorified God in everything he did. When he asked us to follow him, he wasn’t going to a soup kitchen or a political rally. He was headed for the cross.