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Don’t forget about all the problems with hydraulic fracturing

April 30, 2013

DEAR EDITOR: We think we’ve all heard and understand the logic of the saying ‘‘it is what it i....

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Annie53

May-05-13 8:41 AM

Wanna bet those who are pro-fracking will be the ones crying the loudest when they can't even give their house away because it no longer has a viable water source?

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liemonger

May-05-13 7:43 AM

"Who's opinion would likely be more valid"

Anyone's other than yours and the rest of your liberal ilk.

How's that new windmill working?

Ohhhhhh... that's right nanny gubermant hasn't bought you one yet.

with boots on the ground in the industry for many years?

"My opinion is based on many years of plumbing experiences"

Yea... and she's been a teacher for 34 years... and a Playboy bunny.... YAAAWN.

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Philly21

May-04-13 10:03 PM

"Don’t forget about all the problems with hydraulic fracturing"

You leftists remember not to forget all the problems with you polluting our air while you travel to and from your sites of protests!

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truthmonger

May-03-13 9:10 AM

Owcwby- if you're wondering how people can think such stupid thoughts, look no further than the media:

Just read it in the Tribune and watch the news and you'd think it was impossible for hydraulic fracturing to contaminate water tables. We receive pro-fracking reports daily telling us its safe and better yet, zero "proven" cases of water table contamination in 50 years of fracking.

But what they don't tell you is far more relevant to the discussion than what they do tell you. Their boys in congress have lobbied for very difficult burdens of proof to hold an oil/gas company accountable for mishaps. Let's see you prove that a well in you back yard (50 feet underground) was contaminated by BP? Where would you start? Also, you would need about $30,000 of tests in the 6 months prior to the contamination to meet their legally required burden of proof. Who does this? ZERO PROVEN CASES of CONTAMINATION from fracking doesn't sound as 100% safe in this light, does it?

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ohcwby

May-03-13 2:50 AM

I'm not sure how you wouldn't think there wouldn't eventually be some sort of problem. Even small wells have problems. We have several regular gas wells on our property and a water well next to the house. Our neighbor put a new gas well (they dynamite it) about 20 yrs ago across the road about 100 feet from our house and water well. After that our well dropped 10-15'. We have had to dig it up 3 times and replace both pipes, because when they blasted the water table dropped an the pipes were so old they had holes in them and wouldn't get a prime. But after that the water has been worse as far as smell an mineral deposits, we have lived here over 30 years.

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truthmonger

May-02-13 4:20 PM

wolf and beansprout

You are incorrect in assuming that equally valid opposing "facts" exist for everything. There may be opposing facts for everything, but merely having an opinion does nothing to prove it's validity.

The author did cite firsthand information from a friend in the industry. Who's opinion would likely be more valid, the PR firms' on behalf of their bread and butter, the fossil fuel lobbyists, or an average Joe with boots on the ground in the industry for many years?

My opinion is based on many years of plumbing experiences with high pressure pipes above ground where I could see what what I was doing. Leaks are to be expected. However, leaks are easily identifiable and fixable above ground.

How reliable are high pressure techniques hundreds of yards underground? And Fixable? To believe fracking is 100% safe appears to be an invalid position belonging to reactionary Pollyanas who rubberstamp anything "the liberals" oppose.

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msmith82

May-01-13 8:26 PM

my worry is this what are the long term effects of drilling. I sure hope they check out who is doing the drilling or we may end up with another D&L case.

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ArticWoof

May-01-13 5:10 PM

Exactly my point before Beansprout. I would say all of his so called FACTS are left wing media talking points. You can go to several other websites or sources, and come up with a whole other scenario of facts. Facts are only as good as the source they come from.

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Beansprout

May-01-13 12:13 PM

Yep, you have me so riled up I can't even spell stupidity right!

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Beansprout

May-01-13 12:12 PM

I am about to give up. The stipidity in the Valley overwhelms me. Mr. Fell, do you like living in reverse. Do you like paying nearly $4 for a gallon of gas? Yes, there may be an occasional negative about fracking but the positives FAR outweigh the negatives.

I'm sure you obtained most of your information from a leftist website. When you cite FACTS, you must back them up with SOURCES.

Green? Darn, I thought it was an awful wet winter and, so far, an even wetter spring! Where have you been? Sad to see you buy into all this left wing malarky.

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thediffrence

May-01-13 11:36 AM

Great Letter!

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ThomEE

May-01-13 9:00 AM

ENERGY EFFICIENCY IS LEAST EXPENSIVE AND CLEANEST WAY FOR ANYONE TO MEET ENERGY NEEDS. That is another thing to remember forever!

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ArticWoof

Apr-30-13 9:54 PM

You wrote a very well thought out informative letter Mr. Fell. Here is the problem, I would be willing to bet, IF you spoke to certain people, and looked online, a person could come of with Facts, with the opposing view of your facts. Of course many would indicate one side is lying, which indeed may be true. there lies the problem with facts in todays world, there is always a fact somewhere that can contradict a fact presented. You may be right, but who is to say your facts are correct?

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liemonger

Apr-30-13 9:37 PM

"Who will cover the cost of that polluted water table if it becomes tainted?"

Same way one writer responded to the cost of Mahoning River clean-up in the two days ago -- have a fund-raiser!

Either way, we don't have to worry about you contributing.... only leeching.

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NewtonFallsHowland

Apr-30-13 12:03 PM

Do you really not know why I asked that question? As I mentioned, no company necessary, just occupation of the author will do. Thanks again.

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DefeatSBB5

Apr-30-13 10:21 AM

"Who will cover the cost of that polluted water table if it becomes tainted?"

Same way one writer responded to the cost of Mahoning River clean-up in the two days ago -- have a fund-raiser!

Maybe a "Garage Sale for Ground Water."

Or a foot race -- the NEOhio Auquifer-a-thon.

Or a bakesale -- "Wholesome Pastries Against Toxic Wasteries."

We can do it! We don't need no stinking insurance or bonding companies! We don't need no stinking government intervention and regulation telling us who's responsible for cleaning up the mess!

Once the companies have extracted the wealth, played out the water and soil, and rendered the area unusable/unlivable, we'll roll up our sleeves and have a 50/50 drawing and clean up their messes, as we did with the steel mills and coal mines.

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PantherPride

Apr-30-13 8:54 AM

"Who will cover the cost of that polluted water table if it becomes tainted?"

Unlike sewage and similar contaminants,there IS no way to remove all of these toxins.Once its "tainted" its poisoned forever.

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featherstone

Apr-30-13 8:08 AM

Hope its a union job too, just to top it off!

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featherstone

Apr-30-13 8:08 AM

Letter is about controversial cracking technique of drilling NewtonFallsHowland, not where Mr. Fell is employed!

"Where do you work? You don't have to say the company or organization/institute, just occupation. Thanks."

He works somewhere, doing something, how's that NFHOWLAND., WTF difference does that make?

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NewtonFallsHowland

Apr-30-13 7:23 AM

James, where do you work? You don't have to say the company or organization/institute, just occupation. Thanks.

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