August 28, 2016

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Fracking Sense

There is a lot of hype about fracking right now. Major motion pictures, radical far-left environmental groups, and the odd celebrity all add to public confusion and mis-information. The National Review just published a piece titled, “Who’s Afraid of Fracking?” that adds a dose of reality to the discussion. To read it, click The National Review.

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  1. For people interested in and seeking accurate information about “Fracking” and its concerns, here are some links to objective sources.

    The Environmental and Occupational Health Impacts of High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing of Unconventional Gas Reserves

    This is a good summary article about the issues and concerns of fracking :

  2. Obviously, drilling using hydraulic fracturing methods has risen dramatically in the past few years. Monitoring, regulation, and detailed scientific study of the overall impacts from noise, air quality impacts, runoff of wastes, water pollution, and other related operations seems to have lagged behind the rapidity of drilling in some states. Whether citizen complaints and reported links to the drilling operations are scientifically valid apparently have not been adequately studied. Some people think it’s because of the powerful influence of the oil and gas industry. The industry does not want to be slowed down and evidently is fighting more government oversight. However, are all the citizen complaints invalid? Instead of relying on an article in National Review for facts, I suggest these sources:

    Excellent additional info from EPA is located at

    Here is a recent EPA press release worth reading.!OpenDocument

    • Rob Sisson says:

      Thank you Chester. There is no doubt that some of the hysteria on the evils of fracking is misplaced, as is the confidence that it is 100% safe. The National Review article pointed out another side of the story. ConservAmerica has some of its longest term members in Pennsylvania. They’ve reported, “The Gasland movie was propaganda. We’ve been able to light our faucets on fire as long as I can remember, and decades before fracking came to us.”

      The EPA, too, has issued numerous reports on some of the issues blamed on fracking and the natural gas industry. Recently, the EPA reported that fracking was not a threat to residents of Dimock, PA, a community which has been ground zero. Here is an article citing several cases of regulators finding that fracking is not the source of problems or does not pose a threat.

  3. This web site has a lot of details about the hydraulic fracturing method of drilling and its history. It is lengthy and detailed, but for those interested in the details, it is worth reading.

    And here’s the latest from EPA:

    EPA Releases Update on Ongoing Hydraulic Fracturing Study
    Release Date: 12/21/2012
    Contact Information: Julia P. Valentine (NEWS MEDIA ONLY),, 202-564-0496, 202-564-4355

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today provided an update on its ongoing national study currently underway to better understand any potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources. Results of the study, which Congress requested EPA to complete, are expected to be released in a draft for public and peer review in 2014. The update provided today outlines work currently underway, including the status of research projects that will inform the final study. It is important to note that while this progress report outlines the framework for the final study, it does not draw conclusions about the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources, which will be made in the final study.

    As the administration and EPA has made clear, natural gas has a central role to play in our energy future, and this important domestic fuel source has extensive economic, energy security, and environmental benefits. The study EPA is currently undertaking is part of EPA’s focus to ensure that the Administration continues to work to expand production of this important domestic resource safely and responsibly.

    Among the information released today are updates on 18 research projects and details on the agency’s research approach as well as next steps for these ongoing projects and analyses. Today’s update follows the public release, in November 2011, of the agency’s final study plan, which underwent scientific peer review and public comment.

    EPA has engaged stakeholders, including industry, to ensure that the study reflects current practices in hydraulic fracturing. EPA continues to request data and information from the public and stakeholders and has put out a formal request for information which can be accessed through the federal register at:

    EPA also expects to release a draft report of results from the study in late 2014. The study has been designated a Highly Influential Scientific Assessment, meaning it will receive the highest level of peer review in accordance with EPA’s peer review handbook before it is finalized. The 2014 draft report will synthesize the results from the ongoing projects together with the scientific literature to answer the study’s main research questions.

    EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) is forming a panel of independent experts which will review and provide their individual input on the ongoing study to EPA. The SAB will provide an opportunity for the public to offer comments for consideration by the individual panel members. For more information on the SAB process, please visit:

    More information:

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