Sunday, April 20, 2014
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More fracking research advised

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
Davis

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  • lindsay swainJuly 03, 2013 - 8:57 am

    The movie Gasland has been proven by CO Dept of Conservation to be a lie. The methane out of the faucets were from the homeowner drilling into a coal seam in one case and from a wetland in another. The false information was pointed out to the film maker but he chose to ignore it. There was no link to fracking for gas or oil causing the gas in their water line. Check out the facts.

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  • Noreen MazelisJuly 03, 2013 - 1:28 pm

    Dale Heckman is just spreading more eco-horror fables. If s/he is like most "ecologists", s/he couldn't care less about reality.

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  • sasshaJuly 03, 2013 - 3:26 pm

    Tsk! Tsk! Davis, home of the educated. Dale Heckman's letter is certainly a reasonable and sane approach to an issue that is likely to cause great harm to Ca. As for the comments from Swain & Mazelis, perhaps they should look at Garfield Cty, Colo. and N.Dakota to get another example of what fracking does to land, water, etc.

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