Rather than childish name calling, why doesn't Louis D'Amico, the man behind the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association's "no green slime" campaign, himself answer a few questions honestly?
How many Pennsylvanians have already claimed contamination of their aquifer or surface water by gas drilling? How many lawsuits alleging water contamination have been brought? How many water filtration/treatment systems has industry paid to install? How many Pennsylvanians have had to sign non-disclosure agreements?
And why, if this industry is so safe and concerned about the environment, doesn't it tell Congress to repeal its exemptions to environmental regulations? When I asked Scott Blauvelt of East Resources this, he explained, "We couldn't do that." And to my follow up, "But why?" He replied, "We just couldn't do that."
As for the Marcellus Shale Coalition calling for transparency, they were certainly transparent when they explained that pooling reform would allow landowners to enjoy the benefits of a lease without having to sign one.
If fracking could be done safely, responsibly and fairly, I'd have no problem with it. The more I learn, the less likely that seems. That's why a growing number of us are demanding that this industry stop contaminating our air, water and soil.
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