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Different standards for different people

Published March 25. 2013 05:04PM

Dear Editor:

I've been notified that I must have a nutrient management plan for my flock of 21 chickens. (Nutrient is the word now used for manure.) I don't have a problem with the requirement. I am in the watershed of Beltzville Lake, and it would be unfortunate if chicken manure, with its high nitrogen and phosphorous content, washed into the lake.

What bothers me is that while I am required to have a manure management plan for my 21 chickens, Texas oil companies are allowed to pump millions of gallons of chemical-laced liquids into our ground without even telling us what those chemicals are. They don't even have a severance tax on the gas their fracking process removes.

Obviously Pennsylvania has different standards for different people. Perhaps I didn't give a large enough contribution to Governor Corbett.


Roy Christman,

Towamensing Township

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