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Anti-fracking Movement Tactics

Graham Marshall - Monday, February 25, 2013

Anti-development eco-mentalist groups in the USA are showing the latest tactic to slow down the development of natural resources for human benefit.  And we're likely to see more of the same moronic action here in Australia.

They're creating  mountains of cardboard boxes of public comments in response to the latest gas-drilling guidelines proposed by New York's environmental agency.

The vast majority of the 204,000 letters that anti-drilling groups submitted to the EPA are the result of social media outreach and meetings at libraries, community centers and churches where organizers would hand out form letters and stamped envelopes.

They use stamped envelopes and sample letters that you just sign and mail to the EPA.

Sensible people with an interest in promoting human welfare through energy- and job-creation should understand and dismiss this pointless tactic as a misrepresentation of actual sentiment and realize it is just another green tactic to stall development by drowning regulators in an ocean of wasted paper.  And government time-wasting over approvals for major projects is bad enough already here in WA.

If nothing else, however, it does demonstrate how the anti-gas drilling movement in New York is able to mobilize people based on fear and scare tactics, and simple down-right lying about hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which hasn't even begun in New York state.

DEC spokeswoman Emily DeSantis said the department has 30 to 40 employees at its offices going through the comments, the majority of which are form letters.

But remember, wile anti-fracking groups produce hundreds of thousands of valueless comments, the gas and oil industry has produced thousands of high-paying jobs.

And we're proud to be part of that!

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