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  •  Opponents get into pointless scientific debate (6+ / 0-)

    Sure, we want to discourage individuals from being tempted into selling drilling right on their property -- so, we get in this debate about whether it can be done safely, whether there is migration, how often do casings fail and how long will they last, etc.

    Sure, we want to debunk the industry's claims about gas being an important bridge fuel which will slow down the increase in greenhouse gases -- so, again,we get in a debate about how much methane escapes as fugitive emissions.

    These are debates that just allow industry to obfuscate and appeal to those on the right who don't trust government, liberals and scientists.

    But, if we can make the case that we're squandering one irreplaceable resource to go after one which can be substituted -- that we're going to run out of water if we continue to allow frackers to pollute it -- we can force legislators to block the practice.

    Sure, agriculture uses more water, but it does end return to the water cycle, eventually returning to earth as rain. Fracking contaminates water that must be sealed off -- taking that water out of the virtuous cycle, rendering it undrinkable and useless.

    Coming Soon -- to an Internet connection near you:

    by FischFry on Thu Jul 11, 2013 at 07:36:30 PM PDT

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    •  There isn't any debate about the conclusions (1+ / 0-)
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      of the Howarth/Ingraffea paper that gave their characterizations of well completion methane emissions and the claims that natural gas to electricity was worse than coal to electricity.

      The claims of that paper have been rejected by both EPA and the Dept. of Energy as not being fair characterizations of methane emissions, gas collection and emission control practices typical in the industry.

      Plainly stated, EPA rejected the emission characterization of the Howarth/Ingraffea paper when it prepared its 2013 methane and greenhouse gas emission inventory.

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