July 9, 2014
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 —
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