posted on July 12, 2012 08:50
Methinks the fracking freakout by Democrats is overwrought and overdone. And Becky Carney need not contemplate hari-kari.
Maybe it’s age. Or maybe it’s that for too many years I’ve heard too many dire warnings about how some legislative action is certain to lead to environmental devastation. It never does.
And every time something is proposed that might create jobs and growth, there’s a kneejerk opposition from the same quarters.
So let’s keep our heads about us here.
What’s the harm in looking at the potential? Governor Perdue, although she vetoed the bill, didn’t oppose fracking per se. Walter Dalton supported the bill. So did some other thoughtful Democrats.
For all the hoo-raw, it doesn’t look like North Carolina has a lot of shale gas. And, heresy of heresies, I imagine there are safe ways of extracting it.
Of course, the search for reliable information can be frustrating. Peruse a few recent headlines about a recent study of fracking’s impact:
“New Study: Fluids from Marcellus Shale Likely Seeping Into PA Drinking Water” (Pro Publica).
“New Duke research shows no fracking contamination in PA” (AP)
“Duke study: Fluids likely seeping into PA’s drinking water from Marcellus Shale” (News & Observer)
“Fracking Did Not Sully Aquifers, Limited Study Finds” (New York Times)
Well, thanks for clearing that up.