Troubling decisions putting wholesome lifestyle at risk

To the editor:

Although I do not live in Spencer County, I have several lifelong friends who do. Lately, troubling decisions, oft made in secret, should concern everyone who calls Spencer County home.

First, a handful of residents outside Dale sought a get rich quick scheme, asking the Town of Dale to annex their property to create a major industrial facility, Riverview Energy’s Coal to Diesel refinery, which will irrevocably alter the lifestyle and health of Dale citizens.

Now, a small group of land owners are asking the Spencer County Plan Commission and Commissioners to change the county zoning ordinance to allow coal strip mining on any land currently zoned “agriculture” so they can selfishly reap royalties from blasting and air pollution.

I cannot imagine the greed these people have in their hearts to subject their fellow citizens to the ecological and health destruction these two projects will cause.

Just because you bought or inherited real estate should not give you the right to permanently subject your neighbors to pollution, noise and other life quality impacts, especially those that cause sickness and ruin the reasons people desire to live there.

Similarly, politicians and development officials run roughshod over their constituents in search of nebulous economic development goals. Some in Spencer County chose to welcome huge polluters, resulting in the county being one of the most toxic, polluted counties in America.

Clearly, greedy and short sighted pursuits are counter-productive to a wholesome lifestyle that attracted people to Spencer County in the first place. We can do better!

—John Blair

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