The industry-sponsored “North Texans for Natural Gas” thinks that because we use natural gas we should
not be concerned about the negative impacts of fracking in Denton.
Here’s their logic: if you use plastics and
electricity or grill steaks, then you must accept the cancer-causing air
emissions, waste of clean water, and noise of fracking in your neighborhood.
Free Denton is not a movement against natural gas.
Rather, it is against the permitting of toxic industrial activities near homes,
schools, and parks. It is a movement for safe
and healthy communities and people’s rights to peacefully enjoy their property.
With the ban on fracking, the citizens of Denton are
taking a stand for safe and healthy neighborhoods. And the frackers’ response
is to tell us that we have to accept their poisonous activities because natural
gas is used to make lacrosse
That’s how out of touch they are. They just want us
to be meek and compliant consumers, not active citizens protecting our
children, our property, and the future of our town.
According to their absurd logic, as long as we use natural
gas we cannot reject any part of its development (even one process in one town)
no matter how dangerous it is. If that was the way we did things, we’d still be
insulating our schools with asbestos.
Frack Free Denton is all about local
self-determination: the people bearing the negative impacts of hydraulic
fracturing should be the ones to decide. We get to choose what Denton will be. And
we’ve chosen to cultivate the nation’s largest
community garden and to get a nation-leading 40%
of our energy portfolio from renewable, wind-generated
Denton has long been shaped by thoughtful citizens. Thanks to their leadership, we are already walking down a path toward
independence from the industry’s unsustainable and harmful products.