Deja Vu and Marcellus Shale “fracking”

I chanced upon a program this morning that actually seemed balanced and fair-sided on the issue of fracking. They concentrated on the Marcellus Shale area in Pennsylvania but I stopped to listen since we are facing the same conundrum in West Virginia. There’s no doubt on the benefits of obtaining such a store of natural gas to add to our energy supply. The cons of the process of fracking are more problematic. I listened to the complaints from the affected well owners about methane and other forms of contamination. They aren’t imagining these problems. Yet, on the same program, the official company line is stated as there being no proof that their drilling methods are responsible for the problems of the well owners.  Now here comes the “deja vu”.  Flashback, to another party of various company officials, this time a full-blown congressional hearing.  And, one by one, they state without hesitation that there is no proof that their “product” is the cause of the problem being investigated.  The tobacco company officials are ready to swear that there is no proof that smoking causes cancer. And now I really begin to worry.

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