To The Editor:

Appalachians are no strangers to natural gas and oil wells -- Eastern Ohio has 2,317 shale wells, and 495 more were permitted for drilling as of 2018. This energy source comes at a high environmental cost, however, with methane emitted as a byproduct of these processes. Methane is a greenhouse gas that is 80 times as potent as carbon dioxide and contributes significantly to global warming. These air contaminants can also cause health implications such as dizziness, nausea, and respiratory problems.

Economically, the oil and gas industry may not bring as many jobs to our state as people think. The Bureau of Economic Analysis found that between 2008 and 2019, the GDP in the fracking counties of the three Ohio Valley states grew by 96 percent, but jobs in those fracking counties only expanded by 1.7 percent.

The Biden Administration recently implemented a moratorium for oil and gas drilling on federal lands and waters. Actions like these are encouraging to me as a fellow Appalachian who wants to preserve our prestigious lands for future generations. I hope that we can all adopt a similar mindset as we explore more renewable energy alternatives.

Sincerely,

Marshall Evans,

Communication & Public Relations student at Capital University – Bexley, Ohio