To the Readers' Forum:
I would like to thank Prendergast Library and Doug Champ for organizing the Critical Discussion Series on hydrofracking. The presentation was decidedly one-sided but I agree with and support the efforts to comminicate and inform the public on critical topics.
My father always warned that you don't get something for nothing, but that is exactly what was presented last night. Each panelist promoted the many potential benefits of drilling for shale gas with hardly a mention of the downside.
Everything comes with a cost and shale gas is no exception. Whether it be the risk to our water supply, health risks from toxic pollution, destruction of natural environments, decreased air quality, loss of our rural atmosphere due to massive industrialization, disruption of our local economy due to the boom and bust cycle of drilling, or excessive wear and tear on the local infrastructure - there will be consequences.
I encourage all residents to consider the potential risks as well as the potential benefits when deciding whether or not shale drilling is appropriate for our home.