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Published: Sunday, Jan. 12 2014 4:40 p.m. MST

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Kearns, UT

Gail, no research has ever said Fracking taints groundwater. There is on-going research, but nothing conclusive as of yet. I did see one last week that says it doesn't however.

Nice use of the envirofreak talking points. Nuclear, BAD! Fracking, BAD!

Now get in your car and drive to Wendover and gamble a little to bleed off the stress. Remember, you are using fossil fuels in the process.

Layton, UT

It is my opinion that every environmentalist and person on this post who is against drilling should have all power and other energy sources turned off from their homes then they can feel all good and cuddly. Solar,wind, etc are a major waste of time and money. I choose oil, I choose coal.

Deep Space 9, Ut

To "ingslc" so then you admit that we don't have the technology currently to change the power source that provides us with heat, electricity, fuel for our vehicles, etc.. We may be 10 to 15 years away from a new power source, so why limit what we have now? Even if a new source was put on the market tomorrow, it would still take a long time before it is fully adopted. Just like cell phones and mobile internet.

My question wasn't about the future. My question was what is there right now to replace fossil fuels? Why keep pushing a power source that is not only highly inefficient, but is very unpredictable in its output? We can also discuss the fact that solar panels require highly toxic materials that are mined in 3rd world nations.

Cheyenne, WY

Fracking has not been proven to affect groundwater.
The majority of these fracked wells are 2 miles below the surface, and the shale is a confining layer, so even if it is fractured does not mean it will break out of the confining layer.
Fracking is also a new practice, hydrologically speaking fluids move up to a feet per day (that is an incredibly fast ground fluid rate) so it will take decades before contamination appears. Unless the well is improperly constructed without the proper seal.
Hydrocarbons do come to the surface in a few places. I heard from a group of PhD geologists that hydrocarbons come to the surface in the Uintah Basin and therefore have affected any groudnwater.
Ground Water contamination is a lot more likely to occur from pharmaceutical companies than the practice of fracking.
I support alternative forms of energy, but don't blame everything on fracking.

Newport Beach, CA

Re: the headline, the answer is probably "Both."

The question becomes how much protection is cost-effective. And that's a question that most people will never bother asking.

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

Why is everything all or nothing with conservatives.
No alternatives until we burn up all known fossil fuels first.
If you drive a car, you should worship the oil companies?
How about trying to conserve something conservatives, beside the wealthy folks, wealth.

Bruce A. Frank
San Jose, CA

Actually, fracking IS NOT a new process. It has been employed for over 40 years. The technology has improved significantly, but the test of time shows that claims of "potential" damage is a tactic by the anti-humanity/Gaea-worshiping crowd with NO basis in facts. Heck, even Obama's EPA, as much as they want to discredit the practice, in study after study can find no threats to water, air, or ground stability.

Virginia Beach, VA

Natural resources won't go to waste if they sit there for a few decades or even centuries.

So what's the urgency in exploiting all those natural resources now?

It seems to me that Utah's self-described Conservatives are not really very conservative. What's so conservative about mindlessly, ruthlessly, and hurriedly exploiting every last natural resource in Utah as fast as possible.

Whatever happened to securing "the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity?"

It sounds to me like short-sighted Utah Conservatives are more interested in profiting immediately and then letting their children and grandchildren deal with the clean up.

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