Sunday December 10, 2017
On Nov. 20, a group of U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello's constituents joined the PennEnvironment organization to urge him to defend our environment against the latest slew of attacks. My topic of interest was the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, or ANWR, which the Senate just voted to open up for drilling. While Costello has publicly defended ANWR, he would not make any commitment as to how he would vote.
As I stated to Costello, We need to put the economic issues aside and acknowledge that we need to move away from oil and embrace sustainable energy such as solar and wind. On so many fronts it is wrong: despoiling the landscape with a network of pipes that will leak in the future (witness the Keystone Pipeline), the effect on the wildlife, the rights of the native people residing there whose lifestyle will be disrupted.
As Sen. John McCain said, "This is one of the most pristine and beautiful parts of the world."
Let's ensure Costello stands behind his public defense of ANWR. I urge readers to send him a message to oppose any bill that would allow drilling there.
Mary Ann Mack
Costello should act to protect wildlife