The Groton town board will hold a public hearing and a vote on a six-month fracking moratorium. The meeting will take place on April 8 at 7:30pm at the town offices, 101 Conger Blvd.
Come to the public hearing and let the town board know what you think!
You may feel that we have been down this road before and it seems kind of silly to be standing in front of the town board yet again, telling them how fracking poses a serious threat to public health, safety, infrastructure, and a peaceful way of life. There are two things to keep in mind:
1. The town board has changed for the better. In the last election, a pro-fracking member, Don Scheffler, was replaced by Kelly Smith, who re-introduced the fracking moratorium. We now have a real chance at getting a moratorium passed.
2. As time passes, more and more evidence is gathered showing that hydraulic fracturing is dangerous to public heath and safety. See this summary for a quick overview of some recent studies. As more communities experience large-scale gas drilling in their backyards, they are finding that the industry messages about safe gas drilling are misleading and false, and even the people who initially welcomed fracking are very unhappy with the negative impacts on their lives and property values. As a result, more and more moratoria and bans are being put into place, including in major cities. We need to communicate these new and ongoing impacts to the town board members at the public hearing.
Based on their past comments, several town board members rely on attendance at public hearings and meetings as an indicator of public interest in issues. If you want the board to take a moratorium seriously, you need to be at the meeting!
For a quick overview on the Groton town board’s actions (and inaction) concerning a fracking moratorium, see the timeline.