Monday, October 11, 2010

Scientists Speak Out Against Hydrofracking

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Please circulate widely. ANYONE, and especially scientist and engineers who says hydrofracking is safe:



FYI. Final paragraph of this one page letter says:


``We represent leadership of over 1.4 million scientists in over 150 scientific disciplines....The production of natural gas (methane) from shales represents a major new domestic energy resource that can reduce reliance on imported crude oil. However, the development of methane from shale formations is another example where policy has preceeded adequate scientific study. Economic recovery of  methane from shales requires the drilling of  long-reach horizontal wells and the high-pressure injection of millions of gallons of water with chemical additives to release the gas through a process called hydrofracking. Despite the utilization of millions of gallons of and the flow back to the surface of these injected fluids, hydrofracking is exempted from the Clean Water Act. Exploitation of the Marcellus Shale Formation in the Appalachian basin, recognized as the largest shale-gas reserve in the U.S., could occur across a five-state region. Prior, thorough science-based studies are required to evaluate the impact of massive shale development on rural land uses, water supply and quality, and full-life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions ``


      -- Council of Scientific Society Presidents, May 4 2010.





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