Is no land in Ohio sacred anymore with John Kasich as our fracking governor? Cemeteries have now joined residential properties, highway right-of-ways, and state parks as potential drilling sites for hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as FRACKING. Officials at a quaint little old cemetery in Lowellville, Ohio have been offered $140,000 and a percentage of any oil and gas royalties to lease their cemetery mineral rights - two other cemeteries in this Youngstown area have received similar offers. Remember Youngstown? The disposal of fracking waste turned that city into the earthquake capital of Ohio! Although township officials have turned down the fracking propositions so far, they are concerned that by not accepting the offers, they will get no money at all if the well operators seek underground access, without their permission, through a state review board.
This thoughtful bit of Native American wisdom speaks volumes about the fracking controversy: “You must teach your children that the ground beneath their feet is the ashes of your grandfathers. So that they will respect the land, tell your children that the earth is rich with the lives of our kin. Teach your children what we have taught our children, that the earth is our mother. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. If men spit upon the ground, they spit upon themselves.”
Tell Johnny Kasich and his fracking buddies to stop spitting on the citizens of Ohio and start showing some respect for our earth!