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Our Earth: Concerns over fracking justified

June 16, 2012
Marilyn Ortt , The Marietta Times

A letter on the Marietta Times May 31 opinion page chastised those she characterized as "irked" at hydraulic fracturing. The writer provided the same information that does not become less misleading because of constant repetition. Actually, horizontal fracturing has not been used at all on the Wayne National Forest or, until fairly recently, anywhere in the Appalachian Basin. The lack of transparency in establishing regulations and in writing legislation that seems to have closely followed the wishes of the companies involved does nothing to reassure those whose safe water supplies would be destroyed should something go wrong. It is easy to deride such concerns if one receives water from a public water supply but if one's water source is from a well or spring, their closer connection to the land and their knowledge of the importance of protecting that water supply at all costs does give them a different perspective and drilling companies would do well to recognize that.



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