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Letter to the Editor

My family and I peacefully reside in the beautiful countryside around Loudonville.

We believe that it is imperative to inform our neighbors and the community on the impact from extraction activities of the oil and gas industry (Cabot Oil) -- which are showing a high degree of "interest" in our area and are moving quickly to establish their presence.

One needs only to visit Carroll County or any other nearby area to witness firsthand these issues. Our past travels in those areas as well as West Virginia and Pennsylvania provide stark examples of what full scale extraction practices have done to those regions, infrastructure, aesthetics, and quality of life.

As one example of this devastation, please research the life-changing impact on the local water supplies in the areas where full scale fracking is being done. Where will the millions and millions of gallons of water needed to frack come from? By one estimate, Ohio has forever lost over 16 billion gallons of water due to oil and gas extraction.

The resultant toxic water will be poisoned and removed from the water cycle--forever.

We all make critical choices at critical points in our lives. As the Native American proverb states, "We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors. We borrow it from our children."

Our family has chosen to become educated on these issues; we will not sell our health and our well being; some things are not for sale at any price! Our family is committed to be stewards, not pillagers, of these priceless gifts of land, water, air, and life that we ALL have been given.

Advocates for Local Land (ALL) is here to work together to protect and to enhance the health, beauty and sustainability of our community. For more info please contact us at: advocates4ll@gmail.com.

Kevin Clark

Loudonville

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