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Published: Wednesday, Oct. 24 2012 6:00 p.m. MDT

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Taylorsville, UT

Not only should the law require notification, it should make fracturing conditional, limited, and experimental oil production that can be discontinued at any time.

There is more to oil extraction than hydraulics, there is also the use of tons of high explosives set off underground to fracture the rock and subterranean supper structure so every oil, gas, and water table in-between is broken. Its like setting off many 5,000 pound closely spaced bunker bombs several miles underground does have some undesirable consequences to the environment and living species on the surface through the many sink holes.

Once the bombs go off its like rupturing a pipe line miles underground out of reach and out of sight on grander scale than a surface oil line leaking into a meandering river. Think of it as if it was the Alaskan pipe line ruptures and oil floating uncontrolled across the tundra then try to reclaim the oil using water hoses to move oil back to the rupture in the pipeline, it doesn't work.

You only have to look to Nevada and the nuclear testing sink holes done miles apart from 6 miles down to see what fracturing is all about.

Sensible Scientist
Rexburg, ID

This regulation is not needed. Hydraulic fracturing takes place at depths of 5000 to 15000 feet where the petroleum and fracturing fluids will never, can never interact with groundwater or surface water. There is no established case of fracking polluting drinking water.

Fracking has been taking place for decades; it is well-known, well-established, and not "experimental" in any sense of the word.

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

This will save me money when I can cook on my tap water. Business before health is always more profitable.

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