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4/13/2018

An Open Letter to Tom Santulli

I don’t know if you could answer. I don’t even know if I want to hear your answer. The one thing I do want is the next time you are around when I speak about the devastating effects of ecological devastation you wipe that s*** eating grin off your face

I was in attendance at the Chemung County Legislature meeting on Monday. I listened to your 45 minutes of angry rambling. I want to respond to something I have heard you say multiple times about fracking and fracking waste. You make no bones about it, you're a big fan of bringing toxic fracking waste dumping in the landfill, spread on our county roads, and run through the water treatment plant. Fracking waste is poison, plain, and simple. It contains over 21 cancer-causing chemicals and radioactive material. The only reason that it's not classified as a hazardous waste is because of a loophole in regulations. You made a decision to poison our community. It’s an immoral and unethical decision.

After listening to you I felt compelled to speak during the public portion of the meeting. I spoke about what it’s like to live with the effects of contamination and how it has affected my life. I went to Southside and graduated in 1994. I along with many other students, teachers, and alumni have been affected by the contamination at the school. It should serve as a cautionary tale about the poor decision made by elected officials. Unfortunately, the lesson was lost on you. You responded by standing in the back of the room flipping through your phone. Your body language showed you could have cared less about what I was speaking about. Is it because all the people affected are just a bunch of poor people from the city of Elmira? Did we deserve to get sick? Is it too expensive to take care of the problem so we should just deal with it?
I don’t know if you could answer. I don’t even know if I want to hear your answer. The one thing I do want is the next time you are around when I speak about the devastating effects of ecological devastation you wipe that s* eating grin off your face.

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