My favorite sentence from the comments posted about my letter (Shame on PCHPG, 12/15/13) is this gem, "Are you aware that thousands of people have their drinking water wells drilled into the Marcellus Formation between Elimsport and Danville?"
Really? Why are these folks drilling over a mile down? Are they severely brine deprived? Do they crave NORM (normally occurring radioactive material)? Are they after heavy metals or other toxics? Or do they just enjoy watching their faucets burn?
But seriously, no one is drinking water from the Marcellus. There are, however, probably hundreds of thousands of wells above it; just like mine. Which is an excellent reason to let sleeping dogs lie. That is to say, not perforate the impermeable layers protecting us from all the Marcellus nasties with tens of thousands of gas wells that will eventually lose integrity and provide pathways for contamination of future generations' water, soil and air.
How many years will the cement seal between the casing of Marcellus wells and the surrounding rocks and soil last? Knowing that is the only way to form rational opinions about hydraulic fracking.
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