By Ken McIntyre
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Dear Daily Signal: The very contamination of water wells by hydraulic fracturing seemingly denied in the first part of Fred Lucas’ story was affirmed in the last couple of paragraphs (“Study Finds Fracking Doesn’t Harm Drinking Water in Texas”). Sure, the methane is natural, but not in wells until after fracking.
And if roads are garnering billions of dollars in damage, where are all these trucks taking the sludge waste from fracking? Is it being recycled? Are contents separated and made harmless?
Lucas’ story on the Texas fracking study seems like a shill for the industry. I am not opposed to new energy sources, but call a spade a spade. Don’t pretend it is clean energy with no ill effects if that is not true.—Georgia Fallaw
Regarding Fred Lucas’ story on the Texas study of fracking, wells around the world have naturally occurring methane that leaks into the water.
From Lucas’ story, I quote: “The Texas academy study cited a 2011 Groundwater Protection Council study, which found that 10 of the 211 contamination incidents examined occurred because of drilling and none was related to fracking.”
All trucks and cars cause road damage; that is just a fact. If one has drilling equipment, employee movement, etc., there is going to be more wear and tear on the roadway. Such is the cost of doing business. Period.
However, when a region has a large gain in employment and revenue, those are reasons roads are built in the first place.—Chris Byers
My niece lived in Boise, Idaho, nowhere near fracking. She had methane gas in her well water. I’m thinking: Maybe it was a result of years of farming?—Judi Ann …read more
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