Van Wagner teaches Environmental Science at Lewisburg High School in Pennsylvania. He’s also an accomplished country-folk musician who has donated his time to teach music to kids at Pennsylvania summer camps. I came across this compelling plea on Wagner’s website:
“I have played music at several summer camps for children who are cancer survivors. Camp Victory / Camp Dost and Camp Can-Do to name a few local examples. These children are amazing. I’m always amazed how grateful they are to me for spending a few hours simply singing with them. It is I who should be thankful. These children have smiles worth their weight in gold. They are filled with joy and know more about love and friendship than most adults. I challenge any fracking advocate to donate some time at one of these camps. While there sit down at the dinner table with these kids and try to explain to them why grown-ups want to put more cancer causing chemicals in our environment because of things like energy, stock values and jobs.
We must abandon hydraulic fracking immediately. To my fellow citizens I ask you to stand with my wife and me. Do not lease your land to a gas company. We are ahead of the curve in Montour, Snyder, Central Columbia, and Northumberland Counties. Let’s stay that way!” ~ Van Wagner
Moved by his conviction, I clicked on the link to his song, “Big Water, Big Land” in which the singer-songwriter makes the point that the list of Pennsylvania’s streams poisoned by frack fluid spills is already too long. To quote Wagner’s refrain: “Big water, big land. Big poisons with no plan. Big business moving in. Don’t let `em rob us with a Texas fountain pen.”
In case you’re not in the mood for a musical interlude, here’s Wagner’s chronological list of Pennsylvania’s poisoned streams as of 2011: (more…)