Energy Citizens have actively been speaking out about important energy issues across the country. Check out a few of the most recent letters to the editor that have been published in their local papers:
The Times Leader – Don’t Chase Natural Gas Industry Out of PA with Severance Tax
“Our state is lucky to have the energy activity that we have. Let’s not tax it to death.
Legislators need to reject calls to impose a severance tax on the shale gas operators who are creating so many jobs here.
Proponents of this severance tax claim that the tax won’t have any big effect on shale gas drilling here. They seem to think that businesses don’t respond to taxes and regulation. They should look at New York. That state has done everything possible to stop shale gas drilling. Because of the hostile environment, New York hasn’t experienced the type of job creation, economic growth and new government revenue that we’ve seen in Pennsylvania.”
- Maria Gillette, Carbondale, PA
“In Virginia, the vast majority of horizontally drilled wells use only nitrogen for fracturing. Nitrogen is an inert, non-greenhouse gas that comprises 78 percent of the air we breathe. It's the opposite of a ‘toxin.’
Gas formations that aren't well suited for nitrogen-only fracturing use a combination of water, nitrogen, sand and about 2 percent additives. Additives include household and food products like guar gum (a gelling agent used in ice cream), surfactant (a friction reducer found in toothpaste), biocide (a bacteria-control substance used in municipal water treatment), sodium chloride (table salt), isopropanol (a viscosity booster found in deodorant) and citric acid (lemon juice)…”
- Curt Teaster, Stafford, VA
The Cap Times
“The reality is that, thanks to technology that brought us hydraulic fracturing, places right here at home such as North Dakota are able to produce the energy we need to power our nation’s economy. This is a very good thing until you realize that we need to have infrastructure to keep up with rapidly increasing production of resources such as oil and natural gas. That is the reason for the Enbridge expansion project — to increase the pipeline’s capacity to transport all of the new oil coming from the Bakken as well as Canada.
The Enbridge pipeline expansion is a smart strategy that is necessary to keep the American economy growing and recovering. I fully support this project.”
- Richard Tooley, Marshall, WI
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