Regarding the opposition to the proposed fracking in St. Tammany Parish, I find it ironic that the same electorate that voted for the Bush-Cheney ticket in the 2000 and 2004 presidential races, whose platform contained a strong plank on expanding energy sources, is now rejecting this new exploration.

St. Tammany should also remember that even after the 2001 furor over Dick Cheney holding secret meetings with energy executives to formulate the U.S. policy on energy, they rewarded the same ticket with an even greater percentage of the vote in 2004.

As a measure of thanks, former Halliburton CEO Dick Cheney was reportedly instrumental in placing the “Halliburton Loophole” into the Energy Policy Act of 2005. This loophole exempts fluids used in the natural gas extraction process of hydraulic fracturing from protections under the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act and also exempts drilling companies from being required to disclose the chemicals involved in fracking operations.

It seems that all energy policy, like all politics, is local, and what we vote for nationally may someday become a local issue.

Paul James

retired banker