Printed letters, July 31, 2013

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Marcia Neal ought to know better than just repeat outlandish claims picked up from the internet.  The EPA has not instituted 6,000 new rules since 2012.  The Federal Register has published 6,000 entries from all the federal agencies and “The thousands of entries run the gamut from meeting notifications to fee schedules to actual rules and proposed rule changes.” some are new regulations, others are revisions in regulations, still others are the various sorts of notice federal agencies are required—often by Laws of Congress to give. Such inflated, outrageous claims should be questioned.  Indeed.

Muddled thinking and assumption Curt!
“Critics should understand different energy processes”
“Hydraulic fracturing and drilling are two totally separate operations with differing results to the same end.”
“...if you want to be for or against these, at least do an in-depth study before making a decision on what the effects are.”
a. Solar         b. Natural (as Earth processed) 
  1. O&G (fuels, chemicals).    1. Geothermal        
  2. Wind         2. Tidal  
  3. Coal           3. Gravitational
  4. Direct sun conversion     4. Magnetic
  5. Biomass         5. Electrical
  6. Electrical       6. Radioactive
You get the idea – But your lead-in of differentiation doesn’t apply to fracking and drilling in that they are part and parcel of the tight sand and shale operations of extraction. The problems come from many aspects and critics can quite correctly lay issue to those aspects without in-depth study. For instance, sand is used to prop open fractures; poisonous in the ground – no; allowed fugitive dust in transfer operations – yes, a cause of silicosis and lung cancer. For fracking and drilling, one can abet and aid the other in malfunctions, so knowing they are different operations means nothing to criticizing of effects resulting from their use or misuse.  To say an up hole contamination was not fracking fault, but failure of drill hole cementing is a bogus or misleading claim of fault, in particular, if pressure tests indicate integrity of seal and the seal leaks after fracturing because the fracking caused the failure.
Finally,and it should be to your chagrin, most active people criticizing have studied “in-depth” the “effects” and affects of these operations.

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