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Published: Wednesday, Jan. 26 2011 12:00 a.m. MST

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Baron Scarpia
Logan, UT

Our good congressman needs to see the Oscar-nominated "Gasland" documentary to see how fracking is affecting rural landowners' water wells. The film is a bit hokey, but it shows how people can light their faucet water on fire and even shows how a creek can ignite due to the chemicals and gas leakage into water systems from fracking.

We're all for clean-burning natural gas. We're just asking the drillers to do it responsibly so that it doesn't put people and agriculture in rural communities at risk.

Regarding CO2 regulation, you don't have to believe in the science of climate change to see the muck in Utah's air -- perhaps he avoids Utah in the winter so he doesn't have to breath our unfit air. Utah had the worst air quality in the nation -- again -- this month. The air doesn't help the state's economic development people attract industry to the state to create local jobs.

Develop America's energy -- but just don't do it on the backs of rural Americans and agriculture, who grow our food and are often ignored when it comes to big energy interests.

Esquire
Springville, UT

Sorry, Rob, but when you address pollution, then let's talk. Until then, you have no credibility. Utah would be smart to pursue clean energy innovation. That's the economic future, not support activities for old technology and polluting energy.

RanchHand
Huntsville, UT

Regulation is essential to prevent profit-greedy corporations from negatively affecting the lives of Americans in the quest for more and more profits. But fracking has been shown to negatively impact the lives of REAL people (Corporations are NOT people).

Yes, we are in need of energy and we have the ingenuity to create renewable energy sources to meet our energy needs. We also have great opposition to these potentials from Corporations; it will affect their bottom lines. It doesn't matter to the Corporate non-Person that real-people are harmed; if it weren't for regulation, even more real-people would be harmed.

KDave
Moab, UT

So, you-ALL THINK we should do away with congress and have a coronation?

Redshirt1701
Deep Space 9, Ut

Hey Bob, how about we start building Nuclear plants and reprocessing all of those spent fuel rods we have buried or have put into storage? If you want to unleash the power, those nuclear power plants can produce more power with less land taken up. If you are concerned with security, just put one up in place of base golf courses that are at so many military installations.

Furry1993
Somewhere in Utah, UT

Rob Bishop just demonstrated why it's so important to protect our lands from people like him.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Drill, Baby, Drill! And then drill some more!

Robby is just upholding Utah's environmental motto: Multiply, multiply and pillage the earth.

But, hey, it puts more money in his pocket every time his sponsors pay off.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I am a long time member of the "Natural Gas Caucus". My family can attest to that (though I usually blame it on the dog).

But seriously... In the past I've been in favor of preserving OUR natural_resources, and buying oil from the middle east (as long as it was cheaper and easily available). My rational was... why not buy theirs (since it is cheaper and doesn't deplete our reserves), until they run out and THEN we can transition to using more domestic supplies.

I know everybody doesn't agree. But that's my thinking.

The problem is... Our government is currently engaged in a conscious effort to make it more difficult to make the transition to domestic supplies when the time to transition comes (and that time isn't far off).

Bureaucrats are making more_and_more regulations and making more_and_more areas on American soil with KNOWN oil_reserves off_limits... tieing up our domestic possibilities and forcing us to get more of our energy from vendors in the middle_east.

This isn't good knowing that those supplies COULD run_out or be cut_off at any time, and regulations, exploration, drilling, and Production_setup takes up_to 10_years.

Now is_NOT_the_time to_play_politics with_energy.

VST
Bountiful, UT

Baron, contrary to what you believe in your post, the muck in Utah's air is not caused by increasing amounts of CO2 in the earth's atmosphere, which is a trace gas and is invisible in the atmosphere under any conditions.

The muck in our air is actually caused by nitrogen oxides and other volatile organic compounds released in the atmosphere which leave visible airborne particles. These particles are created by exhaust gasses from cars, trucks, coal power plants, and other types of industrial manufacturing processes which cling to airborne water vapor and become more visible. In our winters, the muck (smog) gets trapped to the ground by our temperature inversions; it is not because there is more CO2 in the atmosphere.

By the way, I am also against hydraulic fracturing because it has not proven to be a controllable safe process.

PeanutGallery
Salt Lake City, UT

Good op-ed from Congressman Bishop.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

I'm all for being able to frac wells without consideration of water wells in the area. Drill, baby, drill. If we really mean that, then before we tolerate $5/USG petrol, we need to be prepared to put energy exploration ahead of agriculture, rural residential, recreational or conservation lands in huge areas of the nation. Let's go!

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

I'll bet my last dollar Rep. Bishop did not even write this letter, but merely rubber stamped his name on it.

Financial donors and Lobbyists are just like selling your soul to the Devil - eh, Mr. Bishop?

Question
Cottonwood Heights, UT

LDS Liberal 7:04 p.m.

Why ASSUME you know something you can't know (like he didn't write the letter)... or (He sold his soul to the Devil), etc?

Why bet?

Why even POST it? If you don't know it?

If we could ALL get away from this practice of ASSUMING we know things we don't know... but not letting that keep us from posting them as if they were facts, or at least enough to start innuendos about people... We would be following the Prophet's advice regarding behavior on forums like these.

We should NOT be looking to cause contention. We should NOT be criticizing people based on mere ASSUMPTIONS. We should NOT be back biting, criticizing, and posting things that we don't KNOW about other people.

Using political rhetoric to start contention... intentionally divisive comments... hurtful comments... Making up stuff and posting it AS IF it were fact (or something you would bet on)... these are ALL things I KNOW the prophet has told us to avoid in our daily lives.

So leave the "LDS" out of your name IF you are totally going to ignore his advice to us.

shellperson
Centerville, UT

I enjoy reading these somewhat contentious comments, but keep looking for ione that addresses the basic and pressing problem - distillates. By the time you buy a loaf of bread at the supermarket, its ingredients and the finished product have become acquainted with six or more diesel engines in tractors, harvesters, big rig trucks, etc. We are seeing shortage-induced increased prices in diesel that quickly translate into increasing costs for bread and all food products. We are committing economic suicide by restricting access to the only practical alternate fuel for those diesel engines - natural gas.

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