Fracking not worth the health, safety risks

2012-11-22T07:00:00Z Fracking not worth the health, safety risks pantagraph.com
November 22, 2012 7:00 am

In her letter to the editor, Marilyn Hakes essentially asked the question: Why would we stop natural gas fracking in our county? Let me provide some reasons.

First, this process requires huge amounts of water — water that we can’t spare. Second, the fracking process uses some 600 different dangerous chemicals to fracture the shale rock. Fifty to 70 percent of these chemical fluids are left behind, are not biodegradable and will immediately begin to leach out. The chance of contamination of our ground water is not insignificant.  Finally, the waste fluids that are carried to the surface are left in open pits, where volatile organic compounds evaporate contaminating our air.

Now if you think these risks are not real, studies have shown that fracking has contaminated water supplies in several states including Wyoming, Texas, Colorado, Louisiana, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Residents living near U.S. fracking operations have filed over 1,000 complaints regarding bad tasting water, severe illnesses, fish kills and livestock deaths.

Think about what will happen to our county if we allow fracking to go forward and it does contaminate our drinking water. The cost of purifying our water and/or trucking in water from other sources will be exorbitant. Our health will be threatened, our economy destroyed and property values will plummet. Do we really want to chance that hydraulic fracking will not contaminate our drinking water? Personally, I don’t believe it is worth the risk. What do you think?

Gary W. Wester

Normal

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  1. gabeski
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    gabeski - November 23, 2012 11:54 pm
    To thoughts and any others reading this, I have not ever and wil never listen to FOX NEWS! Instead I always try and research every bit of information that I hear, I don't do like so many liberals, and decide that because one source says it is so, it must be true. Hear all the news, not just what the liberal press wants you to.
  2. Euler 314
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    Euler 314 - November 23, 2012 7:53 pm
    At the very "earliest", this thirty-year old would have had to allow his putative "daughter" or "son" to bear or father a child at the age of 14 or 15.

    Given the typical conservoregressive beliefs about biology (or indeed any science or math), at odds with the idea of "children having children", earlyriser54 must be having a real headache attempting to spin a number of conflicting lies.

    Were he to tell the TRUTH, for once in his pathetic life, he'd have to admit he hasn't a CLUE what he wants to leave future generations.

    "Scr*w you; I've got mine!" is a pretty crummy legacy in any book.
  3. newsak
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    newsak - November 23, 2012 12:06 pm
    earlyriser- I hope you do not have grand kids. If so, they should be ashamed of you.
  4. thoughts a million
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    thoughts a million - November 22, 2012 6:33 pm
    I recall an issue with Black Panthers in the 2008 election, so I searched for intimidation in this year's election. All of the news sources I found indicated ONE, just ONE, Black Panther member at a polling place in Philadelphia. He was there in an official capacity and was not arrested or charged with intimidation.
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    With regards to the states filing to succeed: petitions have started, but none have met the requirement for submission. So you've got a couple hundred thousand signing Internet petitions out of tens of millions of voters; that's not indicative of "real citizens." Paranoid and racist citizens are a better description.
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    Gabeski, broaden your source of news and quit watching just FOX.
  5. catlbyer16
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    catlbyer16 - November 22, 2012 12:24 pm
    I did not vote for any incumbents in the last election. But reading the crap that you print here is an insult to the citizens of this Country. You do have the right to print them, but it is people with your attitude that add to the problems we have now. the election is OVER! Now get over you self and come up with good suggestions or stay on the porch!
  6. gabeski
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    gabeski - November 22, 2012 12:15 pm
    The results of the recent election mean very little, especially if you read the reports of people being turned away from poling places by the black panthers, also election judges being forced to leave by Dem thugs, poling places being held open so that some "citizens" could excercise their right to vote. obama and his thugs made certain he would win. This was an illegal election in which the king made sure he would stay in office. Thee number of state filling to sucede from the union shows how the REAL CITIZENS feel about this situation.
  7. thoughts a million
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    thoughts a million - November 22, 2012 11:53 am
    "... it wont be long that liberal philosophies ard fears are going to be out voted.."
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    That's your opinion, which is short on facts based on the election a few weeks ago.
  8. earlyriser54
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    earlyriser54 - November 22, 2012 9:45 am
    A narrow view from yet another tree hugger. You are long on opiinion and short of facts Gary. Fracking is the way of the futurre and is far more reliable than wind or solar energy. It is in abundance and it wont be long that liberal philosophies ard fears are going to be out voted by common sense politicians who understand the importance of a healthy economy and energy sources already available.
  9. catlbyer16
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    catlbyer16 - November 22, 2012 8:18 am
    I think that not enough long term effects are known. Such as the effects to ground water, earthquakes, land shifting. Also can the land be used for other things after the oil has been taken from it? Any above ground residue must be properly disposed of, not left for future generations to deal with. And some kind of funds set up so as to help deal with any other unknowns. I have land in Illinois and Oklahoma, and feel we need to do this first.
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