Target: Scottish energy minister Fergus Ewing
Goal: Praise an indefinite ban on fracking pending a public health assessment on the practice.
Scotland is banning fracking indefinitely until the government can conduct a public health assessment to determine just how bad the process is for their citizens. This responsible decision could save thousands from experiencing the harmful exposure to the toxic chemicals used in fracking, as has been the case in the U.S. and other countries where its use was approved without input from the local community.
Fracking has been associated with a number of disturbing events and side effects such as rendering the local water supply too dangerous to drink or bathe in. There is also mounting evidence that fracking causes earthquakes in the area where it’s practiced. Of course, it’s also very harmful to the environment as there’s no way to prevent the chemicals used in fracking from getting into the groundwater and poisoning plants and animals.
The practice of fracking is bad news for any country and any community. The only “good” thing that comes out of it is more money for greedy and reckless oil companies that continue to push extraction techniques that have proven to be dangerous and extremely harmful to the environment and local residents. Applaud the Scotland officials for putting the health of its environment and citizens first by banning fracking until a proper study can be done.
Dear Minister Ewing,
I wanted to thank you for your recent decision to ban the practice of fracking from Scotland until you can conduct a public health assessment. As you’re probably aware, fracking has caused a lot of serious issues in the areas where the process has been used, including the contamination of local water supplies, damage to the environment, and even earthquakes. Nearby residents have been able to light their water on fire because of the chemicals in their water.
Considering these demonstrated dangers, prohibiting the use of fracking until a health study can be done is not only responsible, but the product of basic common sense. However, due to pressure from oil companies that sometimes give a lot of money to certain politicians, it’s often approved without any kind of assessments or input from the community that has to deal with the consequences.
With this in mind, I appreciate that you’re taking public health and the opinions of your citizens into account before approving the practice of fracking in your country. This consideration shows that you care about the people of your nation rather than only thinking of profits. Hopefully you will serve as a positive example to other countries who are struggling with the decision of whether to allow fracking within their borders.
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