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January 07, 2012

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Jerry

I have the same opinion on fracking. When you look at the risk versus benefits, it seems like a no-brainer to me. There are admittedly some valid reasons to be concerned about aquifer contamination, particularly at upper end of the vertical bore, if cementing isn’t done carefully. But, I see no reason why a rigorous inspection regime can’t mitigate that. If we pursued that and at the same time began a longer-term program for nuclear plants, we could take care of lots of this country’s problems – jobs, cheaper energy, distancing from the chaos of the ME and less environmental impact.

John Dunn

Aquifer contamination appears to have already taken place where fracking processes have been initiated. Although contamination might have been prevented where it is now disclosed to have taken place, it hasn't been prevented. In my view, this is because the oil companies have absolutely no financial interest or motivation in mitigating risks of fracking. It is instead my perception that to them, the aquifers are as expendable as miners' lives were taken to be at the Upper Big Branch Mine of the Massey Energy Company just before the catastrophic explosion that occured there, an explosion that could have been prevented if proper measures had been taken.

Nick Name

The discussions about fracking and the very strong ecologic opposition lead in France to a ban of this research. It was claimed that not only water and sand will be used (or are used) but also some chemicals (not explained the reason)dangerous for clean water quality. There were as well presented burning gas fields in the USA. I think that a tight regulation with a good control could avoid failures. Failures with much more polluting stuff : oil occurred and oil is still used . I think that politics are not deciding the right way and where zealots use the tool of "fear" it cannot be done the right way.

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