Dear Friend of the Wild Things,
We of the land(farmers,landowners,scientists,conservationists, to name but a few) are dismayed by the carelessness and lack of respect shown by the oil & gas companies for the environment. We would like to rally others to bring pressure upon our legislators, to let them know that we will be heard.
When landowners entered into a lease arrangement with oil/gas companies, it was done with the verbal understanding shown by their representatives of the need to maintain careful respect for the environment, the aquifer and air quality. In practice, this has not turned out to be so. Currently there are many suits across the country detailing the abuses and contract violations that have ensued. The leader in this abridgement of agreements has been Chesapeake Oil (CHK).(Google CHK suits for specifics)
Oil companies have deep pockets, and can mount a formidable fight to sway lawmakers and the law to their way of thinking. Will you join us in demanding that the spirit of agreements made needs to be upheld . One who may be clever in legalistics ought not to be able to void contracts, verbal or written. In short-one needs to be held to one’s word of honor.
This is a request for those with a small voice to become a mighty one, and to require the return to an earlier time when your word was your bond. This is a moral argument of course, but one sadly needing to be emphasized in our current time. May we count you in?