New Castle News
NEW CASTLE —
Editor, The News:
On July 1, I attended the Pulaski Township supervisors monthly meeting and on July 2, the public hearing at which the supervisors voted to grant permits to HilCorp to drill five more horizontal wells on the existing Kinkela well pad.
The July 1 meeting was very well attended. The discussion of the circumstances surrounding the lawsuit that the Lions Club has brought against the township trustees was quite impassioned. Most of the residents who spoke were up in arms about “denying” the Lions access to their meeting place at the park the Lions have donated to the township, and about supervisors refusing to allow them to put up in that building a plaque recognizing the Lions.
The July 2 meeting was much more sparsely attended. No discussion was permitted even though the meeting was billed as a “public hearing.” The residents in attendance, some of whom are in favor of continuing to grant HilCorp permits to drill more wells in our beautiful countryside, lacked the passion of those who debated the Lions Club plaque issue.
One of the main points at the first meeting was that in 50 years, no one will know how much the Lions have done for the blind, or who donated the park to the township.
The second meeting was held strictly to grant HilCorp more permits to drill. No one questioned what will happen in our township if we keep allowing HilCorp to tear up our farmland and take the water from our river.
The industry is counting on our blindness and our complacency to continue getting rich at the expense of our township and of all present and future residents. If only fracking opponents could muster the zeal displayed by residents at the July 1 township meeting, we could prevent further desecration of our community.