Cape Cod Times – Letter to the Editor: “Sound mustn’t fall prey to industrial use”
June 9, 2018 –
Kudos to Audra Parker and the Alliance to Protect Nantucket for illuminating and continuing to fight for the vulnerable “hole in the doughnut” center of Nantucket Sound (“Still much to do to protect Nantucket Sound,” My View, May 29).
It is inconceivable that the state and federal governments find ways to protect millions of acres of forests, beaches, fields and marshes from unwanted industrial development and yet offer absolutely no protection for our beautiful Nantucket Sound.
This historic body of water is our front yard; it is the source of food, pleasure and business for all who live on Cape Cod and all those who visit. It is unthinkable that while we talk about oil and gas drilling off the Massachusetts coast we have not yet designated Nantucket Sound as protected and unavailable for improper uses like mining, turbines or gas and oil exploration. What are the right uses? The traditional ones that warrant protection: fishing and clamming, boating and recreation.
I urge readers to reach out to our members of Congress to urge them to ensure that Nantucket Sound is protected from industrial development. If that were to happen, it can’t be undone, and right now there is no guarantee it cannot happen here.
Barbara Pennick, Marblehead
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