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Congress should force openness on drilling

Sen. Bob Casey of Scranton is to be commended for joining U.S. Reps. Diana DeGette, D-Colo.; Maurice Hinchey, D-N.Y.; and Jared Polis, D-Colo., in introducing companion Senate and House bills: The FRAC Act – Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act, amending the Safe Drinking Water Act.

This legislation will repeal an exemption that allows the oil and gas industry to keep secret the chemicals used when its drills wells.

These chemicals, many of them known carcinogens, are used in the hydro-fracturing process for oil and gas extraction. This process can contaminate private and municipal drinking water supplies.

In fact, in 2006, the state Department of Environmental Protection revealed that some oil and gas companies were taking shortcuts in the hydro-fracturing process in order to save money, which resulted in an increase in gas migrations.

The public has a right to know what chemicals are being used in the hydro-fracturing process, especially if those chemicals could end up in our drinking water.

Stolen Plymouth Twp. tribute must be replaced

I hope the person who stole the light from the Plymouth Township crash site realizes it was placed on that bridge by me in memory of my beloved son, Kyle Eckrote, and his beloved girlfriend, Courtney Engle.

Since it’s obvious you needed it so bad that you walked past a cross to get it, you should know that you stole memories of two young, special people in my life.

You know who you are and you have no respect for the tragic loss of Kyle and Courtney.

If you had a conscience, you would place it back where it belongs. Either way, I will pray for you.

Kyle and Courtney, may you both rest in peace and know you are truly loved and deeply missed by many sincere people.

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