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Taxpayer cleanup tab column disputed

March 9, 2016

A recent column by Ray Judah entitled “Taxpayers continue to pick up the clean-up tab” is littered with factual inaccuracies and completely misrepresents portions of the comprehensive water bill......

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Mar-09-16 6:43 PM

Part 1) That Caldwell is a “strong champion . . . or Florida’s Agribusiness industry” I believe is an understatement of his commitment to run interference for US Sugar and hide the facts about who is polluting our water. $100B can buy a lot of interference. You have belittled Mr. Judah but why haven’t you estimated US Sugar’s liability in these matters? You have also greatly exaggerated the legislature’s positive involvement in rectifying the matters. And, we have another water problem, fracking. You failed to mention that the feds have exempted fracking businesses from these regulations: The Clean Water Act; The Clean Air Act; Safe Drinking Water Act; Resource Conservation & Recovery Act; CERCLA/ Superfund Law; Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act; aka the “Halliburton Loophole”. Halliburton is owned by former VP Dick Cheney and is the corporation that stole public-money from Cape Coral’s utilities water and sewer project (W/S). Halliburton is now headed to Lehigh Acres.

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Mar-09-16 6:42 PM

Part 2) Fracking toxicants permanently contaminate groundwater so very soon LA is going to need W/S and that is why the FL legislature invented the LA-MSID. You wrote about the legislature. Seemingly, the FL legislature cannot figure out where the pollution is coming from or the dangerous consequences created by fracking. My guess is the $100B (not counting the fracking boys who also have deep-pockets) is being spent well. In PA fracking has caused the release of methane so concentrated that people can turn on their garden hose or open a kitchen faucet and light the water on fire! Whole communities have been destroyed. During the first GOP debate Ohio Gov. J. Kasich stated, “We need fracking!” Research this documentary: “Gas Land, Part II” of 2013. Its ID is 304HBO2W; it was on DISH. I wonder if the FL legislators or Gov Kasich have DISH? My thought, why is no one else telling you these things?

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