Let’s compromise to impose controls on fracking

Published: Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 - 10:10 am

Re "Global clout via fracking" (Page A1, Nov. 29): While some documentaries present powerful images of fracking's diverse dangers, such as compromised clean water, storage sites "off-gassing" methane, huge amounts of water and toxins forced underground and hardworking farmers shortchanged, it still is doubtful that hydraulic fracturing can be eliminated. Fracking has been around too long to be easily eradicated. Too many frackers and farmers make too much money, and Tim Johnson's article outlined the obvious geopolitical considerations. But a symposium on fracking in California a few months ago offered a middle ground, calling for fracking to be regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency, to have understandable contracting transparency, with the risks and liabilities borne by the frackers, and to be made as safe as humanly possible. These recommendations will get laissez-faire opposition by the frackers and the industry's well-paid lobbyists, but they are reasonable compromises.

-- Jon W. Candy, Loomis

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