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Jul 08, 2011


David Phinney

Agreed: Fracking creates pollution and poses further environmental risks.

That said, the NYT story mentioned above isn't about pollution, it's about claims that natural gas may not be as abundant as corporate energy firms assert. Unfortunately, the story was pretty weakly reported, both on sources and material substance. Hell, it could have been written by the clean coal and nuclear power industries.

I am not alone on this. The NYT ombudsman reviewed the story and now finds "the article went out on a limb, lacked an in-depth dissenting view in the text and should have made clear that shale gas had (sic) boomed." http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/17/opinion/sunday/17pubed.html

The abundance of natural gas and the problems with fracking are two different issues.

In reality, there remains ample evidence that there is, indeed, an abundance of natural gas in the U.S. that is profitable to extract. How else to explain the billions of dollars major oil companies from around the world are spending to buy of the U.S. gas fields for domestic consumption as well as export?

This is a situation that makes it paramount that fracking be strongly regulated to ensure environmental protection. The economic forces in play are too large to ignore.

Bill Ferullo

The oil and gas industry can deny the negative comments on Slick Water Hydro Fracking ,but the truth is this process destroys the area where it is done(road damage,noise, traffic, pollution of water,increased crime,social impact,and many other negative effects.Most of it is not being regulated like other industries and is allowed to skirt many regulations and safety codes applied to others.If the process is not detrimental to the environment and the people's health,why are so many things related to hydro fracing kept in the dark.If the chemicals used in the process are trade secrets they could be patented and protected and the public would have access to them ,but wouldn't be able to duplicate and profit from their formulas.Also don't try to convince the public that you have 100% control on the process when you and any person of science knows you do not..you might project a knowledge of knowing what's happening subsurface ,but you and I know it's only a logical guess.

William Brady

The oil and gas industries need to become responsible stewards of our Planet. How long must the people of planet have to suffer because of greed. Water is our most precious natural resource. If we contaminate our water who is going to buy the gas?
Instead let us socialize the energy industry. Create a sustainable clean energy system that both creates jobs and is good for all of us.
Let's take a lesson from Germany. They fixed the price of energy foe 20 years. This enables farmers to get loans to purchase solar equipment. The banks know exactly how much the energy costs and can structure loans. Everyone wins. Local land owners who are hurting and have no realistic choice but to lease their rights can now make a fixed income instead of polluting their land .

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