Letter: New DEP using WV as dumping ground for industries

New DEP using W.Va. as industry dumping ground

Editor:

The article by Ken Ward Jr., titled “DEP eliminates protections for noise, light from natural gas facilities” shows how much the government of West Virginia has its middle finger up to the state’s citizens.

It has been pointed out many times that Lincoln’s phrase “government of the people, by the people and for the people” has, in practice, become “government of the corporations, by the corporations and for the corporations.”

West Virginia’s fate since the Civil War has been to be an internal resource colony for the American economic engine. Our difficult topography has been an excuse for lack of other development than extraction of salt and hydrocarbons and production of chemicals. Generation after generation has been kept largely ignorant, worked literally to death — particularly before the mine wars — and sickened by the industries of the state.

There have been a few bright spots around Morgantown, Huntington and our college towns, but traditionally they have been the routes out of state.

Protections against industry have been hard won, the result of a great deal of labor, and widely appreciated in the electorate. What does the new DEP head have in mind? Using the environment and the people who live there as a dumping ground for industry to avoid the legitimate cost of their initiative?

If government officials want to show good faith, they might want to make a point of living in the loo of this new heavy industry to be spread all over the countryside.

Mr. Austin Caperton, the solution to pollution is not dilution! Particularly when it is the bodies of West Virginia citizens that have to absorb it!

S. Thomas Bond

Jane Lew

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