Downsides of fracking must be taken seriously
Trickled throughout a recent News story, “A border tale of boom and bust,” is cautionary language that perhaps the Pennsylvania “boom” might not be all it’s cracked up to be. Unfortunately, that sentiment is buried in secondary clauses, implying that we really should buy the gas industry’s hype.
But for those of us living through the Pennsylvania experience, those cautionary notes are the true story. Shortly after drilling and fracking occurred at two nearby wells, my water became contaminated, and my granddaughter and grandson got sick from the air pollution. In addition to the air and water pollution that comes with fracking – the human cost of which is hard to put in economic terms – our local governments have seen increased costs from fracking.
Partly because it attracts transient workers from out of state, fracking has been shown to increase crime, which costs our local governments money. And a recent study estimated that each well costs more than $10,000 in road repairs, just on state roads. If you add in local roads, it’s higher.
Fracking is good for the gas industry, that’s for sure. But it’s not a good deal for the people who live in the area and stay when the gas is gone.