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The Marcellus Shale and Fracking

 

                                     The  Main Points  

   *  water, air, and  ground contamination put our health at risk from gas drilling

   *  our future water supplies and recreation areas at risk not just
       from chemicals but also from the sheer volume of water taken for each well

   *   the process is not  transparent, and what information there is is not easy to access 

   *   there were over 1400 violations between 1/1/2008 & 7/25/2010

   *   DEP & EPA are under-funded for the oversight needed

   *   the full range of emission of greenhouse gases is significant but not yet available

   *   landowners suffer both financial and quality of life losses, including livelihoods

  
*   landowners have financial enticements to lease their land, often false ones
            without understanding the consequences before they sign

   *   proper testing is not being done prior to the drilling near  water supplies 

   *   landowners have  felt threatened they would suffer consequences if they don’t lease

   *   quality of life in the region of the drilling (often pristine mountains ) is diminished
           
 by truck  traffic, scenic blight, noise,  devastation of  recreational land  etc

   *    waste water processing plants are not able to process frack water properly

   *    the burden of proof that this is safe is NOT  on the ones profiting, but on the victims

   *     taxing the drillers will  encourage politicians to embrace more drilling to fill coffers

   *     taxing for clean up and restoration ASSUMES that proper clean-up will not be enforced

   *     burdens of permitting, inspections, clean-up  should be on the polluter / profiteer

   *    the cost of roads, police and other regional costs should be borne by the profiteer

   *    gas subsidies take $ from pockets of the polluted & increases profits of polluters

   *   renewables are shunned when these dangerous drilling methods are embraced

   *   we need to live within our means, not at the cost of our future

   *   after spoiling  water and land, we will still have tofind more energy

   *   destroyed water and land cannot be replaced  -  now, before it happens is the time to act

   *    this gas does not enrich America – it is owned by other countries or by companies
         who will sell on the open market
 
   *   our country is not securing these resources for our use -  this energy won't meet our
           energy needs - it will meet the needs only of the poerson or company that
            owns it.

   *   our Constitutional rights are violated by this process



The Socio-Economic impacts of Shale drilling  http://www.multistateshale.org/forum-shale-boomtowns

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