Laws won't protect citizens from side effects of gas production

Posted: Sunday, November 23, 2003

As concerns grow over the impending coalbed methane production in the Kenai and Homer area, it would be interesting to know how many people in Homer have actually lived in a gas and oil producing country? Most of my school years were spent in this type of environment. It was NEVER pleasant. Even as a child, the sight of industry on every road was disgusting. The vegetation died from soil pollution. We had running water, but it was safer to buy drinking water. The smell of methane producing plants leave an acrid taste in people's mouths, and if you try not to think about what it's doing to your body, it may not kill you.

It makes me wonder why the so-called genius' of this planet, who can create Weapons of Mass Destruction so easily, can't come up with a simple plan that makes people "Earth Friendly?" At this rate, soon there will be no problems to deal with either way. There will be NO life left to worry about. House Bill 69? Alaska was truly set up for that one. Coalbed Methane is only a smokescreen for oil, and "they" work fast.

Today that law has become one of the flash points in an intense debate over coal bed methane production, which appears to be coming to Alaska. One of the law's most contentious provisions gives the state the right to trump rules adopted by local governments such as the Mat-Su Borough.

Maka Fairman


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