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Reader's View: Don't miss gas-plant hearing

In January, I submitted a letter (Reader's View: "Speak out on proposed natural gas plant," Jan. 18) on the deleterious effects of hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, a method used for extracting oil and natural gas. The letter was a response to Minnesota Power's planned natural gas-powered plant to be built in Superior.

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission is set to address the approval or denial of permission for this gas plant, the Nemadji Trail Energy Center, at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18, in Duluth City Hall.

In consideration of wildlife and human health, I am concerned about the hazardous effects of fracking, which include the contamination of groundwater and surface water by toxic chemicals and the escape of methane gas into the atmosphere, contributing to global warming.

I encourage everyone with an interest in this gas plant to attend this hearing.

Norm Herron