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Published: Sunday, July 22 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Iron Rod
Salt Lake City, UT

Here is my civil dialogue.

Out of the three page article 71 words or two paragraphs seem to support the idea that fracking contaminates ground water. The rest of the story seems to support the title of the article "Experts, some fracking critics use bad science."

Personal opinion the writer has an agenda.

Baron Scarpia
Logan, UT

The contamination of ground water has been the main issue with fracking, and the industry needs to address it. That's all.

Moving forward, natural gas is a critical step toward a clean energy economy. Currently, natural gas is an effective "partner" with renewable energy in that electricity from natural gas can be easily ramped up and down to match load and the variability of renewables (e.g., when the winds die, sun sets). Nuclear and coal, as currently used, cannot be easily ramped up and down, making them less effective for a cleaner, more price-stable energy future where smaller "distributed" power (e.g., roof top solar, small wind farms near town as in Spanish Fork) is likely to evolve over the old giant power plants model (where siting transmission and building multi-billon dollar investments get locked out over NIMBYs).

In short, natural gas is part of America's energy future until energy storage becomes part of the utility infrastructure. Wind farms in Hawaii are leading the way on storage.

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