Fracking hasn't been proven to contaminate wells

2013-08-22T00:00:00Z Fracking hasn't been proven to contaminate wells nwitimes.com
August 22, 2013 12:00 am

The Aug. 14 editorial cartoon concerning fracking misses the mark and the truth.

Fracking is visually portrayed as a stinky skunk, and the jobs resulting from the process will clean up the “smell” from any environmental damage.

But, according to the testimony of EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, there are no proven cases of well contamination from the fracking process to extract natural gas and oil. None.

Some are still fearful of this process. Skeptics of the process ask, “How can we be sure the process will be safe in the future?”

To those skeptics I would apply my “broccoli test”: Broccoli should be banned from store shelves because it has not been shown scientifically that broccoli does not cause cancer or diabetes. Many, if not all, victims of these diseases have at some time eaten broccoli.

Broccoli and fracking have not been shown to cause harm to individual health or wells. That, apparently, is not sufficient for some environmental extremists to declare both safe.

Meanwhile, the fracking process has propelled the petroleum industry toward the long sought energy independence the U.S needs.

- Thomas Thiel, Crown Point

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