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‘Outsider’ Urges Passage of Issue 21 In Kent

Although a Kent “outsider” (resident of Northeastern Portage), because I have researched issues behind community rights I am responding to Mr. Sidoti’s three objections to Issue 21 (Record-Courier, Oct. 27).

(1.) Kent and Portage residents have worked together for several years researching drilling and waste injection. We found that health, water, air, food and property values are threatened by this risky industrial process. We investigated regulatory protection and found that in 2004 laws were written privileging oil and gas profits over local rights to choose democratically how we live. Local public officials told us they could do nothing about the threats posed by drilling and waste disposal. We lobbied legislators and begged local officials to protect us. Kent residents asked City Council (2012) to ban this process.

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