Let communities decide on safety


Should we let multinational gas and oil companies decide issues of community health and safety? I think not. Communities should be able to determine whether or not to permit fracking and injection wells within municipal limits. I’m writing in support of the work that The Committee to Keep Niles Safe is doing through their initiative petition.

I grew up in Niles, as did my father, James R. MacQueen, who worked in Niles as an attorney with his father in the law firm of MacQueen & MacQueen. I’ve lived in Yellow Springs, near Dayton, for the past 40 years and am on the Yellow Springs Village Council. Last year Yellow Springs passed an ordinance similar to the one proposed by the Niles petition. Local citizens worked with the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund to help our council draft the ordinance.

Please go to www.keepnilessafe.org to read the initiative petition and find out how you can sign it and get involved. If we don’t start now to take back our community rights, when will we? I can be reached at mmacqueen@

sbcglobal.net if you would like more information about how Yellow Springs protected its citizens.

Marianne MacQueen

Niles McKinley High

class of 1962

Yellow Springs