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There’s no way fracking can be considered safe

Dennis Holbrook, author of a recent Another Voice, thinks we should take the yellow brick road to prosperity with fracking. I believe he has fallen down the rabbit hole, and is having tea with the Mad Hatter. However much or little natural gas becomes fugitive methane, we know that fossil fuels increase global climate change, and will not last forever.

As pointed out recently in Bloomberg Business Week, there is the “Red Queen problem.” (She had to run as fast as she could just to stay in one place.) Fracked wells do not last very long; many need to be drilled each year just to keep production steady. Some estimate the frack boom will peak around 2017 or 2018. There are many health problems for people and animals reported around frack wells, and many lawsuits have been settled under confidentiality clauses. There is no way fracking can be considered safe. The whole human race needs to wake up and go clean, green and renewable.

David Gaeddert

Amherst