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LETTER: Don’t fall victim to critics’ false claims on fracking

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letters to the editor feature photoIn a recent letter, Ellen Hakala rehashed several unfounded claims about fracking, attempting to scare citizens about a proposal to expand energy production at Lake Lewisville.

It’s interesting that these speculative claims are being made now, considering that over a dozen wells in the area have already been safely and responsibly drilled and fracked. Did anything from Ms. Hakala’s frightful tale materialize as a result of fracking? The “undrinkable” water or the “flooding of our parks, back yards, and homes”? The “property damage” or the “50 foot wall of water” that she claimed would be “worse than Hurricane Katrina”?

No.

But don’t just take my word it. Before a lease sale, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has to conduct an extensive environmental assessment, where federal scientists examine everything from water quality and soil erosion to vegetation and aesthetics. They even look at impacts on migratory birds and climate change.

The 132-page analysis from the BLM found that drilling and fracking are “not expected to have significant impacts on the environment.” Separate assessments by federal and state regulators have also shown that fracking does not pose a major risk to groundwater.

Restricting drilling isn’t going to make us more energy secure. Fracking, on the other hand, is why we now have a trade surplus with OPEC, and why we’re now selling oil to Venezuela, the country with the largest oil reserves in the world. Denton County, where some of the proposed drilling would occur, is the ninth largest natural gas producing county in Texas, and two of the top ten principal taxpayers in Denton County are natural gas drillers.

The impacts of preventing the lease sale, however, could be significant. As the BLM noted in its analysis: “By not leasing the proposed parcels under the No Action Alternative, there may be negative effects on the overall employment opportunities related to the oil and gas and service support industry, as well as a loss of the economic benefits to state and county governments related to royalty payments and severance taxes.”

Texas oil and gas workers and their families are suffering enough due to low commodity prices. Local businesses that help service the industry and cities that rely on these steady sources of revenue are also struggling. Making that pain worse and permanent by trying to prohibit fracking is hardly the kind of solution that North Texans need.


Steve Everley

Spokesman
North Texans for Natural Gas
Dallas, TX

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  • Eric Spencer

    I read her letter. it is not unreasonable or unfounded.

  • Smoky Joe

    Everley reminds me of tobacco industry people who told us that smoking was good for us.

  • tom2

    Seems the leftists always look for ways to restrict stuff. I’m beginning to believe they never create, enable, empower and produce. Maybe they should join those who earn their livings.

    • Smoky Joe

      How about those people who create clean jobs in renewable energy that have brought us wind electricity at a lower price than from fossil fuels? And those companies who are bringing us ever cheaper electricity from solar, that will soon be cheaper than fossil fuels? And those folks like Tesla that are creating American jobs building storage batteries? All of these people are creating good paying American jobs that will be less sensitive to the whims of foreign countries.

      • tom2

        Solar and wind aren’t yet cost effective and produce an infinitesimally small share of the total needed by this nation. All renewable energy combined produce only ten percent of the nation’s total with hydroelectric producing most in that category. Tesla cars run on electricity generated from 20% nuclear fission, 25% natural gas and 40% coal. It’s only clean if you don’t look behind the curtain. And BTW, the cost often exceeds $100K and consequently is driven mostly by lefty millionaires who like to make statements to idiots.

    • Eric Spencer

      Looking at your post history, it is clear that you like to insult large groups of people with blanket statements that have no basis in fact. You seem to identify yourself as part of the ‘GOP’ but you are in no way a representation of the real GOP. You are more of a blowhard extremist.

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