It’s encouraging to see so many communities standing up successfully in opposition to fracking. From Dryden, New York to Denton, Texas, and in dozens of other towns across the country, citizens are enacting laws banning fracking.
The Denton success is particularly remarkable, given that Denton lies in the heart of natural gas country and already has 275 active wells within the city limits. Unable to get their city council to enact a ban, citizens of Denton gathered enough signatures to get the issue on the ballot there, then prevailed with 59% of the vote, despite the industry pouring nearly $700,000 into advertising to defeat the measure. Of course now they will have to defend the lawsuit the industry has filed, but their victory will hopefully inspire other communities to follow suit.
Our community has its own battles to fight these days and the odds seem to be greatly against us. But seeing towns standing up to the oil and gas industry, and winning, gives hope.
On a completely different and unrelated subject, our missing cat Mr. Fabulous has returned home after being gone for nearly two weeks. My sister and her husband are staying in our old farm house this weekend and they found him meowing outside the back door. Skinny, very hungry, missing his collar, but otherwise no worse for the wear, he seems relieved to be home. I wonder how many of his lives he used up during his adventure.
It’s good to have him back, especially in light of the other events of the week.