Proposed federal fracking rule leaves no one happy

Return To Article
Add a comment
  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    Aug. 23, 2013 12:13 p.m.

    Drill here, drill now.

    Oil. Natural gas. Shale. Fracking. Wind. Solar. Nuclear. Use all of them....

    We have ALL the natural resources we need right here. Why give money, and, ultimately, the control of our economy, and therefore the control of our country, to other countries who want to kill us?

    In reference to fracking....I highly doubt the claims of the liberal environmentalists about fracking causing irreprable damage. This piece of rock called the earth has been around a long time and it keeps spinning along just fine, either with or without the spotted owl....

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 23, 2013 10:30 a.m.

    40 years ago, while a student of geophysics, I was much more concerned about ecology.

    My objections to fracking that I expressed to some of the people I knew in the fledgeling fracking business back then was based on the typical over-hyped "concerns" I'd absorbed from what I've now come to regard as Eco-obssesives. That is, people whose views of the world are detrimentally intermingled with a kind of mystical, philosophical melange that considers human beings to be the ultimate environmental contaminant and virtually all activities by that contaminant as evil.

    I've now come closer and closer to the conclusion that the ultimate contaminant is the leftist oligarchy that is becoming increasingly strong and pervasive, and stifling our freedoms in more and more ways. No more so than in the idiotically intrusive regulations produced by far too many agencies, like the EPA, BLM, etc.

  • abpsnowboardlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 23, 2013 10:15 a.m.

    I have a hard time taking any comments seriously especially from politicians. They don't, as a general rule, have enough knowledge to make educated decisions about the industry having not worked in it, and not having checked out the areas involved. Everyone who wants to have an opinion on this subject needs to check out areas involved with drilling/fracking personally. You can't be taken serious otherwise.

    Having said this, my beef is with the workers involved. To all prospective workers: You can make $3000-5000+ every 2 weeks in the industry, but is the sacrifice of all your time worth a big paycheck? You may find you sacrifice more than your time also. It's a hard life on families. FYI.

  • abpsnowboardlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 23, 2013 10:07 a.m.

    Frankly I have a hard time listening to anyone who hasn't checked out an area involved with fracking and the energy industry. Politicians are incredibly notorious for not checking out these areas. Also I have a hard time listening to anyone who is making decisions about the validity of the industry unless they have worked in it to some degree, or support it bare minimum for the jobs it brings.

    Having said all that, my argument is completely different. I think everyone needs to carefully consider the safety of the industry. Having worked in it, I know 1st hand. Anyone considering working at all needs to weigh the schedule involved, the hours/income promised, and do some soul searching about whether it's really worth it. For example, to all prospective workers: Does a paycheck of $3000-5000 each 2 weeks sound good to you? If so, just remember to get this kind of money in the industry you generally sacrifice all your time. When not working you don't have time for much of a life to enjoy the big bucks. You'll be too busy sleeping trying to catch up. Just food for thought folks.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Aug. 23, 2013 6:19 a.m.

    "Despite industry claims, no one can safely predict the long-term effects of pumping hundreds of millions of gallons (of) chemicals and contaminated water into the ground and where those chemicals may end up," Moench said.

    Can anyone really disagree with this statement?

    There is a lot of misinformation about fracking fluid. I cant determine the truth.

    But, wouldn't it be nice if somehow we could accomplish the same thing with fluids that we KNEW were not harmful?

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Aug. 22, 2013 9:32 p.m.

    Progress must be limited.