Target: Chairman of Marcellus Shale, K. Scott Roy
Goal: Clean up drinking water in Pennsylvania neighborhood contaminated by fracking process.
Recent studies and discoveries from scientists and citizens have found various dangers resulting from hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as fracking. This process has proven to contaminate local water sources, mainly those that creatures drink from and plants use to grow. With water rights and access being hotly debated, especially areas where droughts have struck, it is crucial that municipals decide on the nature of fracking. In Pennsylvania, traces of a toxic chemical were found in residents’ drinking water. Marcellus Shale, a fracking company, is responsible for contaminating local water sources. Tell Chairman K. Scott Roy to start cleaning up the company’s fracking process so our precious water sources are not polluted.
Scientists from Penn State University studied the water found in Bradford County and found traces of 2-Butoxyethanol, or 2BE. This chemical is used in the drilling process, and is also found in paint and cosmetics. This chemical has also produced tumors in rats, although scientists are not sure if this effect is translated to humans. The chemicals do not pose a safety risk to humans, as they were found in such small parts. However, residents and scientists are concerned that more 2BE could be found later, or in other areas of the city.
The scientists believe that the contaminants came from a well leak in 2009, although Marcellus Shale essentially said that the study couldn’t prove the chemicals came from a well. The scientists also believe it wasn’t the drilling itself that caused the contamination, but rather the poor structure of wells.
Fracking has caused a ruckus in media, especially as discussions about water and conservation are cropping up. Water is a precious resource. All life forms on the planet need it. Tell Chairman K. Scott Roy of Marcellus Shale to make sure that the fracking process is safe, and to clean up any contamination of our bodies of water.
Dear K. Scott Roy,
A team of scientists recently found 2-Butoxyethanol in the drinking water of residents’ homes in Bradford County, Pennsylvania. While the amount of 2BE was found in small enough amounts to not harm people, it is concerning that 2BE is even in the water supply. Whether or not you believe that your company was at fault for this contamination, I implore you to ensure that nothing in the fracking process will harm our water supply.
Water is a precious commodity, one that is necessary for life. I hope your company remembers this next time a new well is created. Please ensure that your company is following all fracking regulations and ensure that toxic chemicals do not enter the water supply.
[Your Name Here]
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