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A poem about fracking

July 9, 2014

Dear Editor:


Hello, my name is Frank Robinson and I am a native of Anson County. I was born here in Wadesboro in 1971. I graduated Anson Senior High School back in 1990. The reason why I am submitting this letter to you is to express my concerns of the fracking legislation signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory.


This law will allow preliminary shale gas exploration in certain areas in this state. There is a swath of land covering parts of Anson, Richmond, Lee and Moore counties with shale gas that could potentially make it attractive for natural gas drillers to eventually drill here. I wrote a poem called “Attack of the Frack” that highlights some of the potential drawbacks fracking could bring.


Coming soon to a neighborhood near you


Let’s talk about this —


A moratorium


Where real and perceived benefits are discussed


Proponents say, “We’re going to inject this little


hydraulic needle into the ground, and it won’t hurt a bit.”


Not realizing those inoculated chemicals injected


Could make the aquifers and groundwater sick


This is Nature Disturbed gone underground


Out of sight, out of mind


Well, until… those side effects appear


You know, where the ground starts to tremor


Or your water catches on fire


Uh-oh too late


You’ve been suckered


The net effect of corporate profits going away, way up —


And property value of your home going way, way down


Your promised land turning into a gas land

all at the blink of an eye….


Coming soon to a neighborhood near you.


Frank T. Robinson