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Reader expresses views on fracking, taxes

March 4, 2014
The Marietta Times

It is refreshing to see in recent opinions an appropriate degree of skepticism over hydraulic fracking proposals in the Mid-Ohio Valley. There are possibly severe longterm harms here that the industry would have you believe don't exist. It is very good that Gov. Kasich wants to tax the gas extraction and related activities meaningfully, as deserved, since we can be certain there will be costly related expenses now and down the line that the state and county will incur. The opposing idea, to be gentle with taxes on fracking, makes me chuckle. That extraction companies will abandon lucrative plans for this region, if taxed too much, is an all-too-obvious fear-fantasy, made up by highly paid lobbyists and passed along as a ready-made talking-point for their lackeys in government who themselves benefit mightily from industry largesse.



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