I am replying to rebut Maury Fey's letter against “Gasland II” (“Gas needed, not ‘Gasland II,'” July 1 and TribLIVE.com).
First, researchers featured in the film, such as Cornell University and Stanford University professors, know something about research to determine how fracking affects the air we breathe and water we drink. Further, families that have flammable tap water know something about how toxic fracking is.
Second, Mr. Fey claims that we “need” gas. What we need is conservation and long-term sustainability. The gas will run out. Also, just like oil, fracking will leave devastation in its wake.
There are other options to our energy needs, from wind and solar to even our own excrement (no joke, see Kansas State University research). What we need is real energy independence, to put our scientists and engineers to work to incorporate true renewable energy into the grid.
Finally, just like the history of our state shows with coal, toxic fracking will create a boom and bust situation. Once the gas is gone, the damage done to the sustainable industries, from jobs linked to the food supply to jobs linked to Pennsylvania's outdoor heritage, will also be gone as the hunting, farming and tourism industries face irreparable damage.
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