Dear Cooper’s Lake Campground,

I thought we really had something.  When I first met you, you were healthy and full of life.  I loved contemplating the lake and sitting under the shade of your tall trees.  Walking from Merchant’s to Camp, I’d end up out of breath and then collapse into my tent, and sleep like I never sleep away from you.  Even the noise from the road took on the quality of waves, or breath.

We celebrated Pennsic together.  You introduced me to a lot of your friends, who have become dear friends of mine.  I met Logan at the intersection of Free Will and Good Intentions.  I have a lot to thank you for, Cooper’s, and not just for two weeks a year.

I thought it would last forever.

But Cooper’s, now I hear you’ve been thinking about fracking around on me.  You’ve even signed some sort of agreement to frack on your grounds, under the trees where the woods battles used to be held.  When I heard, I was livid.  You say you’ll use protection.  You say you’ll get tested.  But don’t you know you’re endangering your own health as well as mine?

Here in Vermont, they’ve banned fracking.  Say what you like about our relationships with trees, but we’re not prudes.  It’s even legal to walk around naked in public!  Just so long as you’re not being lewd or lascivious – or fracking.

I’ve loved you for ten years now, Cooper’s.  I’m not going to break up with you via blog.  I’ll come back just once, to say goodbye.  But once you and your new buddies have fracked, it’s over.


PS:  I hope we can find a new home for Pennsic.  You say you don’t understand why you should give up custody, but I think Pennsic deserves to be somewhere healthy, with fresh air and water.  Your fracking is a bad influence. Pennsic XXXVIII

10 thoughts on “Dear Cooper’s: What the Frack?”

  1. If the Coopers realize they’ll lose their cash cow that’s Pennsic they’ll work like hell to get out of that contract!

  2. Going to disagree with Coopers changing their mind about this. They have always done what they needed or not needed to do to make money. It’s long past the time for us to find our Pennsic a new home.

  3. My guess is that the fracking rights will pay the Cooper’s significantly more than they’d make in several Pennsics.

    Agree with what the second poster said… Coopers have always been very quick to snag any opportunity to make money, and I assure you poster #1 that they’ve run the numbers and are willing to risk losing Pennsic.

  4. I agree with most of the previous comments.. However, it’s not just a Pennsic problem. What about the local residents like myself? We live here (less than a mile away) a lot longer than the 2 weeks everyone else is here.. WHAT ABOUT US? And why are none of my neighbors voicing their opinions? Sorry, Coopers, you ARE selfish, & your community is very aware. Apparently, it’s rubbed off on your visitors as well.

  5. As a local resident, you’re in a much better position to influence local and state policy-making, to put the brakes on a practice that will, if left unchecked, destroy the environmental quality of your beautiful state. Your legislators will not listen to me– I’m from Illinois, and what do they care what some hippy environmentalist from Illinois says?

    I’ve sent my message to the Coopers: if the well goes in, I won’t be back. That’s really all that I can do. As a local resident, you have a much more powerful position to organize your neighbors, and petition your legislators…

  6. I’m up for trying to find a new site. Vermont would be good, or even Michigan… are they still free of fracking? I know they could use some tourist money for their crazy economy…

  7. If I were going to lobby for the Coopers to back down (and a contract is a contract; I don’t know how they could break it), I would lobby the local merchants (remembering the most local liquor store, grocery store and fabric store, and how they have grown and thrived through our business) Decisions to be made based on human health, but they do get made on the almightly dollar.

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