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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Article Shares the Top 5 Lies About Fracking

Fracking involves injecting pressurized water combined with sand and small amounts of chemicals to crack open shale rocks so that they will release trapped natural gas. Generally, the shale rocks are thousands of feet below the aquifers from which people draw drinking water. No doubt to the dismay of activists, President Barack Obama appears to endorse the process. "Sometimes there are disputes about natural gas," he said at his climate change speech last week at Georgetown, "but let me say this: We should strengthen our position as the top natural gas producer because, in the medium term at least, it not only can provide safe, cheap power, but it can also help reduce our carbon emissions."
The president gets it, but a lot of activists don't. To help bring them around, I thought I'd take a look at some of the misleading claims made by opponents of fracking. Fortunately I just got a fundraising letter from fine folks at foodandwaterwatch (FWW) urging me to sign and send in a petition to the president to ban fracking. The letter is a nice compendium of anti-fracking scaremongering.
The 5 lies?  (1) You can light your tapwater on fire, (2) Fracking fluid "could seep into groundwater and poison drinking water," (3) Fracking increases air pollution, (4) Fracking causes cancer, (5) Natural gas is worse than coal.

Read the rest of the article to see more about why it asserts that each of those statements are a lie.

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