Saturday, June 12, 2010

Take The Lie Detector Test

See how many lies you can pick-out. Oh and you have to find your own answers by doing your own research. Editor
‘Fracking’ is environmentally safe
By Kathryn Z. Klaber
President and Executive Director
Marcellus Shale Coalition
Canonsburg, Pa.
The Express-Times notes in a June 3 editorial (“Protect the river from floods, drilling”) that hydraulic fracturing — a critical energy production technology that has been safely deployed in Pennsylvania for more than 50 years — has never contaminated groundwater. That’s a fact confirmed by top environmental officials in Harrisburg and by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

However, in describing this tightly-regulated technology — which has been used to stimulate domestic energy production more than 1.1 million times — the paper mischaracterizes the process. Fracturing fluids are made up of more than 99.5 percent water and sand. The remaining additives, many of which are found in common household products, fight bacteria and allow the fluid to move down the wellbore, which is encased in layers of steel and concrete, ensuring the integrity of groundwater aquifers.

Marcellus Shale producers are now recycling an average of 60 percent of water used in the process; some operators are even recycling 100 percent. These figures will only continue to rise, as technologies continue to advance.

The Marcellus Shale represents a generational opportunity for our region and the nation’s long-term energy security. Look no further than a recent Penn State study, which projects that the safe, environmentally responsible development of these clean-burning, domestic energy reserves can create 212,200 new jobs over the next decade. (Right, the $100,000 Penn State Study that Fuhrer Klaber's propaganda team commissioned from a respected University. That should silence the masses.) While these economic benefits have been impressive across the state, even in the very early stages of this development, our top commitment remains producing these resources in an environmentally world-class way.