For those of us who grew up in the heart of the anthracite coal mining region in northeastern Pennsylvania, the aftermath of an industry that died on a cold January day in 1959 is still with us...all around us...every day. Perhaps, that is why we will continue to oppose this latest and greatest exploitation of PA's natural resources with the same hard-scrabble resolve of our ancestors who toiled in the mines.
For your consideration, here's yet another article to remind us of our duty to ensure we do not repeat the mistakes of the past.
"But drilling in the Marcellus Shale will also cause considerable environmental damage - some of which we can already predict, and some of which we won't even know about for years. By that time, of course, the gas companies will have left, sticking taxpayers with the cleanup bills. That's the way it's gone in the coal region."