After reading the recent articles in your paper covering fracking, I wanted to share my recent experience with you regarding the anti-fracking group, Aromas Cares For the Environment. I did not want what I consider their extremist one-sided views to go unchallenged. Please read my comments below and at least consider that there is a side to the story that you will not hear listening only to members of “Aromas Cares for the Environment”. I am sure I would be hoping for to much to wish for you to place my comments in the editorial section of your paper, but I think they would serve the community well to read them.
We recently had an activist group spring up in our little community of Aromas that is opposed to fracking, “Aromas Cares for our Environment”. I joined their group thinking they were having a conversation regarding fracking and environmental concerns in my community. I quickly found that the group had been formed for the purpose of obstructing the process of fracking anywhere and under any circumstances. On several occasions I shared with them references and facts that refuted the biased information they were disseminating throughout the group, but rather that rebut the information or bring their own facts to the discussion, they resorted to personal attacks and ignored the information presented. I eventually was removed from the group without so much as a word of explanation. I understand my opinion here will be viewed by the reader as coming from the bitter feelings of one spurned, but Aromas Cares for the Environment’s Facebook group is there for the world to see and read. I ask that the community look for themselves and see what this group, which is well organized and influencing our politicians, is all about. “Aromas Cares About the Environment” is formed of predominantly outsiders using the good name of our town of Aromas to further their extremist anti-progress, anti-fossil fuel agenda. Let’s have a real discussion based on facts so that we can come to reasonable informed conclusions.
Dan Kerbs, Aromas