|To the Editor: Fracking not a new concern for BG man|
|Written by V. N. Krishnan|
|Wednesday, 17 July 2013 08:42|
In the Sentinel issue of March 23rd, 2011, I raised the issue of hydro-fracking and did not hear any response. The July 9th/13 issue headline is all about a petition drive to ban fracking in our city limit. I was visited by a representative of Ohio Citizen Action who said that she was working for getting transparency about the use of the chemicals in the process. I signed and contributed to her cause though I told her what I had written more than two years ago.
Roughly 90 percent of the 450,000 gas wells in the U.S. use hydro-fracking that uses pressurized water mixed with chemicals to extract gas from deep underground, on an average four million gallons of water. The major concern is this chemical fused waste water discharge, contaminates our drinking water posing serious health hazards. A 2009 unpublished EPA study concluded that treatment plants could not remove these contaminants. Other studies revealed that radio activity in drilling is not completely diluted and not tested for safety. TDS (total dissolved solvents) is the concern. It consists of salt chlorides and sulfates. 80 chemicals have been identified and a second list by EPA was to be released.
On the energy side we have 95,000 sq. miles of natural gas field in the Marcellus shale region covering Pennsylvania and New York that stretches into Ohio. Geologists estimate its rocks contain 500 trillion Cu.ft of gas of which 50 trillion could be tapped that will supply the east coast for 50 years. There is no question that getting that gas should be a top priority and not doing so will be irresponsible. It should be the concern of every American citizen who has a love for his country that transcends his love for his pocket. The answer lies in technology alone and no effort is to be spared in harnessing it to get the energy with the least side effects on contamination. Industry runs on profit maximization, not on public health promotion.
This is no time to rant about socialism but to recognize the legitimate importance of state initiative which alone can do such a colossal task for the country as a whole. It is lunacy for calling to shut down the EPA instead of fixing it. Elect those who will work for us and not for K Street.
V. N. Krishnan
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