Re "Monterey shale offers economic opportunity" (Viewpoints, Sept. 8): John T. Young, Jr.'s article, while extolling the economic benefits of extracting oil from the Monterey shale, is silent about the possible dangers of the hydraulic fracking process that would be used. No wonder. Young is a financial adviser to the energy sector.
Studies show that the chemicals released during the fracking process are the likely cause of increased mesothelioma, thyroid cancer, and mental retardation in people living near the drilling sites. And, there is more and more evidence suggesting that the process can contaminate nearly groundwater.
The raping of the environment brings huge financial gains to a relatively few corporations and people, often at the expense of the common person.
-- Dan Schmitt, Wilton