Debate begins over new fracking study

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Life is full of risks. We cannot make ourselves immune from them. Energy is a necessary part of our lives. An occasional fracking job does not pose as much of a health threat as one day of walking in downtown Denver air pollution. And guess what, your body is amazing…it will deal with it. After all, do you realize how many billions of radioactive particles from space and the sun pass thru your body every second, and yet, we don’t drop dead from it.

People need to start thinking from perspectives that are not fear based. If you want energy to run your car, furnace, stove or to keep your lights on, then certain tolerances have to be accepted in energy producing areas. It’s just a fact of life. Our environment is already 80% cleaner than it was in the 1960’s, and energy companies are being more environmentally friendly than ever before.

All the self-serving, money seeking, fear mongering attacks toward the energy industry just drive costs of everything up and we all end up paying for it.

Life IS full of risks, but some risks can be mitigaged. Requiring energy companies, who are already the richest companies on this planet, to spend a little money to protect the health of our local citizens will do little to their pocket books, and help those of us who live here breathe better, and feel more secure in the water we drink and the food we grow. I’m curious which money seeking attacks against the energy industry have been successful? Or is that a figment of someone’s imagination?

@MTM: Please provide some source or citation or support for this very specific claim.

“Our environment is already 80% cleaner than it was in the 1960’s”

In Response to the previous two posters:

Money seeking attacks, successful or not, cost tons of money. Mobilization of attorneys, research studies, public relations campaigns, court hearings, congressional hearings, time lost on projects, etc. These costs are factored into profit / loss ratios by companies, and ways are found to pass these costs along to the consumer and we all end up paying for it. They are not just absorbed.

I heard (and believe) the 80% cleaner environment in the USA on a TV news report, and I apologize for not remembering which one, so I cannot quote it. However, common sense supports this. Since the 1960’s, intense EPA regulation has helped force large polluting factories nationwide to shut down and move to Mexico or China or elsewhere to remain competitive, and ruined the manufacturing base that used to be the backbone of our society. Power generating plants have had to install extensive emission controls on their plants,(costs passed onto the consumers) gasoline / diesel has been reformulated so much that the auto industry has had to re-design the internal combustion engine dozens of times, and now cars cannot even run without a catalytic converter or computer. (costs passed onto the consumers) I could continue citing these kinds of examples ad nauseaum.

I have worked in the energy field for 20+ years. If you compare what went on when I started at wellsites in 1979, to how wellsites are managed today, 80% is a very conservative figure of improvement.

The younger people on the environmental bandwagon today seem to have no appreciation for what is being done. They cannot be satisfied, and it is never enough. I suggest they do a little historical research on pollution from the 1950’s to today to see what has been and is being done. They may develop some gratitude for what we have done rather than complain about what is not being done.

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