US religious groups petition against fracking pipeline

26 November 2013, Comments Comments Off on US religious groups petition against fracking pipeline

Source: Huffington Post, November 2013

A new pipeline has been proposed through Kentucky to connect fracking sites in West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania to an existing pipe that extends to the Gulf coast. It will carry around 200,000 barrels of hazardous liquid by-products of fracking per day. These by-products are flammable, and in August this year a 300ft-high fire was caused by a burst pipe carrying these liquids in Illinois. A petition against this proposed pipeline was presented to the Democratic Kentucky Governor, Steve Beshear, with around 36,000 signatures from both local concerned citizens and others from outside the state. Religious groups including Baptists, Presbyterians and Unitarians from Kentucky were represented at the protest, along with members of the Roman Catholic Sisters of Loretto who have already been successful in blocking a fracking pipeline from crossing their land in Marion County.

It is encouraging to see Christians standing up for environmental issues, and particularly pertinent for us here in the UK as our government proceeds with its fracking plans. Do you think this kind of protest would be successful in our country? Do you think it is the responsibility of religious groups to stand up for our environment? Please share your thoughts in the comments. [If you don’t see the ‘Leave a Reply’ box below, please click on this article’s title (above) to open it fully.]

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