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‘Operational hazards’ can’t be overlooked in debate over drilling

June 19, 2012
The Marietta Times

I respectfully suggest that it is time to change the semantics about hydraulic fracturing for the extraction of natural gas from the Utica and Marcellus shales in this part of the country. The word "fracking" is hardly specific and not inclusive of the entire process of hydraulic fracturing. Industry spokespersons and proponents of this process usually refer to the actual fracturing process at the well (i.e. extraction), where, admittedly, risks are minimal and no evidence of pollution of aquifers exists.



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