Worried by fracking

LETTER TO THE EDITOR:

I AM fracking worried.

It is amazing how bold and enlightened people can be with other people’s homes.

I am so glad Mr John Cribbes of Wurruk can assure us all that fracking is safe and won’t spoil our landscape.

What if he is wrong?

What if the information he has is just like the information the cigarette companies put out and kept putting out for decades?

Finally they were proven not only totally wrong, but deceitful.

There is an extremely long list of companies saying don’t worry, we have everything under control: James Hardy asbestos; thalidomide; Enron; on a local level the trainee fire fighters using contaminated areas.

The list goes on and on.

In a perfect world people always do the right thing and carry out procedures correctly.

Human error and errors of judgment have already caused disasters all over the world.

Three Mile Island in 1979 safety mechanisms to prevent meltdown failed.

Bhopal Disaster in India, the result of chemical gas spill 20,000 dead in 1984.

Chernobyl 1986, worst man made environmental disaster in history 100,000 people have died since from effects of contamination.

Tennessee coal ash spill contained arsenic, lead and selium, poisoned air and water in 2008.

You don’t have to look hard to find evidence to make you wonder if we are capable of trusting our children, our lives and our environment to big business.

But the question is should we have trusted in the past?

No.

How can we trust them with our future?