Location, location, location!
Much of my personal opposition to the proposed GreenHunter Energy facility is its location. Even if you are someone that is solidly in the pro-fracking camp, you should be concerned about this proposed development.
Here are some of my concerns:
1. Its physical proximity to homes and businesses.
2. Its physical proximity to the Heritage Walking Trail.
3. Inadequate highway infrastructure to support the amount of truck traffic which will be running on a daily basis on Route 2 and through the town of Warwood.
4. Traffic congestion which could impede medical, police, and fire first responders.
5. Air quality deterioration due to increased truck traffic.
6. Transport, storage, and processing of hundreds of thousands of gallons of fracking fluid which contains numerous toxic and carcinogenic chemicals as well as some radioactive materials. Public health in the event of an accident should certainly be a concern.
7. The proposed plant will be operating in the flood plain.
8. If barge transport is allowed, an accidental spill could compromise the integrity of the region's drinking water supply indefinitely. Most of the chemicals are water soluble and therefore impossible to clean up (unlike an oil spill.)
9. The City of Wheeling is soon to spend $33 million to upgrade the existing water processing facility, which is 1.2 miles south of the proposed Green Hunter facility.
10. Business Insider recently published an article titled "Nine Things That Can Bring Down the Value of Your Home." In the article it states "just the threat of fracking drives down property values by 24 percent." Although I understand that GreenHunter will not be fracking at the site, I think that it is safe to assume that property values could be affected by the existence of this plant in a residential area.
I recognize that there exists a need to dispose of wastes generated by the fracking process. The idea of making the fracking fluid less hazardous is not a bad one. In my opinion, however, this type of facility has no business sitting next to a major U.S. river and within the confines of a residential area.
Robert C. Heyer