Maryland should address its own pollution before suing Pennsylvania
Sep 03, 2019 | 2:58 PM
Calling on Gov. Larry Hogan again to sue Pennsylvania for waste pollution remains out of touch (“Let’s sue Pennsylvania, Part II,” Sept. 3). Governor Hogan is still looking the other way in his own state as Big-Ag produces millions of gallons of waste (in the form of manure from factory farmed chickens) directly next to the very body of water in question.
Maryland needs more than a financial reparation from Pennsylvania to save and clean-up the long-time abused bay: Maryland needs to stop its own factory farming and large-scale manure pollution. Furthermore, The Sun should be more careful when promoting solutions for Pennsylvania’s financial woes. The proposed fracking well severance tax, which, as noted, is supported by the frack-friendly Gov. Tom Wolf himself, would further solidify Pennsylvania’s already irresponsible dependence on revenues from the dirty natural gas industry and make fracking even harder to ban altogether.
We need to hold our elected officials accountable for their own faults instead of just pitting them against each other. I’ll do you one better when it comes to “getting to the point”: both states should stop factory farming, reduce pollution and move off fossil fuels as soon as possible — anything less is a cop-out.
Jackie Filson, Washington, D.C.
The writer is communications manager of Food & Water Watch.