On first reading Tom Elias’ column, “Fracking: sensible regulation … ” I thought he simply missed the informative documentary, “Gasland.” He just didn’t have any record of the bizarre and dangerous effects of fracking in other states.
But when I noticed that his only caveat was “although questions have been raised near fracking operations in Wyoming,” I realized he dodged credible reports from Pennsylvania and New York of flammable water from kitchen spigots.
The Elias column also argues, “oil wells and health people have coexisted for almost a century in places like L.A. and Beverly Hills” — without adding that those wells all happened before fracking. How could he? No word about a) where all the water required for fracking will come from, nor b) where will corporations dispose of the massive amounts of chemically toxic wastewater?
May I suggest you ask him to approach this issue again after much more research?
Dale M. Heckman