We live in complex times. It is easy to sit in a corporate office, knowing that our society keeps demanding more energy, and justify selling ever-increasing quantities of river water to those who use extreme hydrofracturing techniques to extract natural gas from shale. At the end of the day, it is easy to go home to a comfortable house or apartment, turn on the water or turn up the heat/air conditioning, and not really think about just who is being hurt by that process.
Sadly, though, it is a lot of people—in particular, 32 families in an intergenerational community filled with gardens, community spirit, mutual assistance, but not a lot of money. To bulldoze the Riverdale Mobile Home Park is to take what little these people have, to force them into more expensive and isolated housing; to turn their lives upside down only to supply water for a process that is devastating the land and lives of many in the Susquehanna River Basin.
It is time to look outside the boardroom to the world of those with few choices, and show a little restraint.
Thank you for doing some deep thinking and reversing this eviction plan.
N.B.: The above is my personal comment added tot the CitizenSpeak petition to “Arrogant Aqua America”, a company that is evicting 32 low-income families in a Pennsylvania trailer park to sell Susquehanna River water for use in fracking.