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Friday, January 23, 2015

Not in Our Backyard...Ligonier is our backyard

In order to underscore this to any Ligonier Township who might read it, I will write large.

Whatever your persuasion, whether you are a true conservative (as in to ''conserve" and protect), a run-of-the-mill Conservative (with all of its variants), a Liberal, a Marxist, progressive, Green, whether you are blue, pink, purple, yellow or any other color in the rainbow, the facts on the ground are:

You drink water. 

You breathe air. 

You eat food from local farmers. 

You live here and love the surrounding Valley.

You benefit from this Valley as it manifests currently, whether as a business person dependent on either tourists or on those who want to buy a house/land here.

EVERYBODY WHO DOESN'T WANT FRACKING HERE IN THEIR BACKYARD HAD BEST GET OFF THEIR (ahem) SOFAS AND PUT THEIR SHOULDERS INTO THE FIGHT AGAINST WHAT THE TOWNSHIP SUPERVISORS SEEM POISED TO DO.

The local battle against fracking has been quietly going on for 3 years, led by a small group of people dedicated to our collective (yes, collective) right to the beautiful Ligonier we currently have. People who worked hard to educate the supervisors in order to keep Ligonier that way. Their work has been about everyone's land, everyone's future here. Our collective good.

Thursday night, the supervisors showed their cards. Despite conflicts of interest, despite stacks of fact-based information, they are on track to transform this township into another gasland.

Your land, your future.

If you intend to sit back and let the few battle-weary activists soldier on against the forces who will frack this township where ever they can, know that your inaction will be part of what destroys Ligonier. The state of New York didn't ban fracking without a struggle; it took many hands to haul that decision over the finish line.

Get off your Barcaloungers, Ligonier, roll up your sleeves and find ways to keep your Ligonier from turning into an industrial zone. Donate your time, money, influence...whatever you've got is needed.

No more fracking in Ligonier.