I am a student at Brookfield Middle School and when I went to school my mom said I should ask one of my teachers if they knew where the school got its water from. But, being the so-called kid that I am, I didn’t ask my teachers; rather, I pondered why she wanted me to ask. Then, I found out the reason. It has come to my attention that there have been fracking waste injection wells in my community since 2016. I would like to express my concerns about this issue.
What is fracking? It turns out that fracking is the process of injecting chemically-treated liquid at high pressure into subterranean rocks, boreholes, etc., so as to force open existing fissures and extract oil or gas. Why is fracking so bad? Kent State University is doing a study on fracking and has surveyed all the students at Brookfield schools to determine if they have any health problems. So it seems that I’m basically a test specimen for whatever fracking might have in store for me! What if the chemicals could possibly harm or kill me and my peers? I live less than two miles away and our drinking water comes from a well. What if the toxic chemicals from fracking contaminate our drinking water? How would we know, and what chronic health issues could occur?
It is also believed that fracking could cause earthquakes. I know that fracking gives us fuel and jobs, but earthquakes could damage our infrastructure and we’re already damaging the environment enough. I know we probably do not have a lot of information concerning the dangers of fracking, but I don’t want to find out. I think that fracking should cease until further studies are conducted on this topic to save our health.
Robby Myers, Brookfield
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