And finally, we were somewhat amused when we realized that a letter to the editor, “No rational reason for local fracking,” which appeared in The Daily Star on Sept. 13 was on the reverse side of a news brief titled “Truck crashes, spills fuel oil.” While the letter to the editor was pointing out a broad range of possible horrors of natural gas development, the news brief read: “Authorities said a truck carrying 8,000 gallons of fuel oil tipped over and spilled its load ... Police said the truck turned over around noon at a roundabout in Kinderhook, about 25 miles south of Albany ... Cleanup crews from the Department of Environmental Conservation were dispatched to the scene and a state of emergency was declared for a two mile radius around the accident site. About 5,000 gallons were drained from the roads with the remainder entering storm drains or remaining in the tank. Officials said they don’t believe the local drinking water supply will be threatened.”
Thus while the debate continues about the possible risk of natural gas development, there never seems to be an equal concern about the very real possibility of an oil spill as a result of a tanker truck accident. If nothing else, all of this gives us a great deal to ponder as does so much of the information that crosses our computer on a daily basis.
However, we must admit that instead of these items which left us quite bemused, we would much rather spend time thinking about the following:
“Chocolate comes from cocoa which comes out of a tree. That makes it a plant. Therefore, chocolate counts as a salad.”
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