Fracking is Fundamental

By Alan Caruba

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Alan Caruba
Alan Caruba

New Jersey -(Ammoland.com)- “It is a sad day when a state chooses to listen to the fear, uncertainty, and doubts spread by anti-fossil fuel agitators rather than making a decision for economic strength that would benefit schools, communities, and many of its poorest citizens—especially when the vilified technology, hydraulic fracturing, has been used safely and successfully for more than 60 years and has brought prosperity to other formerly struggling regions.”

Marita Noon
Executive Director, Citizens Alliance for Responsible Energy
Policy Advisor, The Heartland Institute

Responding to the announcement by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo that the state would ban fracking, Ms. Noon joined others, bringing their expertise to bear on a topic that remains a concern only because environmentalist enemies of energy in America continue to lie about it every chance they get.

Frack, Baby, Frack
Frack, Baby, Frack

In his book; “The Fracking Truth–America’s Energy Revolution: The Inside, Untold Story,” Chris Faulkner wrote “Furthermore, it’s been commonplace for decades. Worldwide, it’s estimated that more than 2.5 million wells have been fracked and the U.S. accounted for about half of those. Today, about 35,000 wells are fracked each year in all types of wells. And it’s impact on industry? It’s been estimated that 80% of production from unconventional sources such as shales would not be feasible without it.”

The Governor’s decision has everything to do with wooing the support of environmentalists in New York and nothing to do with the jobs and billions in tax revenue that fracking would have represented.

New York’s acting health commissioner, Howard Zucker, justified the decision saying that “cumulative concerns” about fracking “give me reason to pause.” Are we truly expected to believe that five years of study since the initial 2009 memorandum about fracking provided any reason to ban it? If the use of fracking technology dates back to 1947 without a single incident of pollution traced to it, what would it take to create “cumulative concerns” except ignorance or prejudice against the facts?

Even the Environmental Protection Agency has never found evidence of the chemicals used in fracking entering the nation’s groundwater. Moreover, fracking fluid is 99.5% water and sand. The rest is a mixture of chemicals similar to household products that could be found under the kitchen sink.

As Dr. Jay Lehr, Science Director of The Heartland Institute, a free market think tank, points out, “Today we only fracture wells that are drilled horizontally and that requires 1,500 feet of vertical depth for the well,” and thus, “all such wells are way below local water wells.”

How idiotic, then, is it to seal off some twelve million acres of the Marcellus Shale, an underground rock formation with natural gas reserves that have helped create energy production booms in North Dakota, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Colorado, and Ohio?

A December 19 Wall Street Journal editorial noted that just across New York’s border with neighboring Pennsylvania, “A 2011 Manhattan Institute study estimated that each Marcellus Shale well in Pennsylvania generates $5 million in economic benefits and $2 million in tax revenue.” Companies there have generated more than $2.1 billion in state and local taxes since the fracking boom began. As one observer noted, “The ban ignores New York’s ‘6% unemployment rate,’ a depressed upstate region, and the fourth highest electricity prices in the nation.”

I don’t know how long it will take for the vast majority of the U.S. population to conclude that everything the environmentalists and their propagandists in the nation’s schools and media have to say about energy is as vast a hoax as the now discredited “global warming,” since renamed “climate change.”

Energy is the master resource, the lifeblood of ours and the world’s economy, the basis for electricity, for the ability to travel vast distances, for machines that enable vast harvests of crops by barely 2% of the U.S. population, to power all manufacturing, and to heat or cool our living and workplaces.

Fracking is yet another technological miracle and, of course, the environmentalists oppose it.

© Alan Caruba, 2014

About Alan Caruba:
Alan Caruba’s commentaries are posted daily at “Warning Signs” his popular blog and thereafter on dozens of other websites and blogs. If you love to read, visit his monthly report on new books at Bookviews.

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Rod Franklin
Rod Franklin
6 years ago

Thought this was a firearms forum not a BS forum. Maybe, just maybe we should write off Ammoland and its advertisers.
This is the wrong place for this type of commentary, Mr./Ms Editor

F Riehl, Editor in Chief
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Reply to  Rod Franklin

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Sorry we disagree, but AmmoLand is the perfect place for this kind of shining light. We are dedicated to fighting emotional based politics wherever they appear. And banning Fracking based on imaginary fears, having nothing to do with scientific facts, is promoted by the same groups that would have us all ban lead ammo or trapping for the sake of the children. Next you will tell us they are not coming for our shotguns. So sorry to see you go.

Eric
Eric
6 years ago

Maybe a new category named Off Target = a place for other topics .

David Tibbetts
David Tibbetts
6 years ago
Reply to  Eric

Shame on Ammoland. One more bullshit attempt to splin gun owners and environmentalists. I am both. The Heartland Institute has been discredited on major issues. Global warming is real. The vast majority of climate scientists accept it. Fracking is reported to have caused earthquakes in Ohio and Oklahoma.

Larry Parks
Larry Parks
6 years ago

Alan Caruba, you have obviously never pulled on a pair of work gloves in the oil patch. for you money is all that maters and my personal opinion is that you are a waist of perfectly good oxygen . respectfully Larry Parks

Dennis
Dennis
6 years ago

Prove to me that our wildlife isn’t drinking frack water and I will consume what I hunt in Pennsylvania. The fellow who wrote this article uses the same spin as I hear from the industry. Like our own Penn State University, these people who write these articles are funded by the gas and oil industry. We citizens are just pawns in a big business scenario. In ten years we will see the effects of the chemicals used fro fracking. After the gas industry makes billions, they will move out and stick the workers with the after affects. Remember people will… Read more »

Brian Peterson
Brian Peterson
6 years ago
Reply to  Dennis

, Please tell us where the spin is located in this article. I have been searching for scientific arguments- not emotion- against fracking, and so far it’s just not there. Lots of innuendo and broken logic, but no real facts. Unfortunately, your comment adds nothing to the discussion: no facts, no studies to which you can point, no real information. That is what I keep finding from those opposed to fracking: nothing substantive. I am searching; I do not presume to have answers. Caruba, on the other hand, has always been a credible source in the past.