By Rachel Brody |
Too many of America's government officials, nonprofit organizations, and private citizens are caught up in a futile effort to "manage" fracking, when we need to ban the practice altogether (as is already happening in parts of our nation and around the world).
"Fracking," and the entire process of shale gas extraction, is not the solution to our energy challenges, as the oil and gas industry portrays it to us; instead, it is scraping the bottom of the geological barrel, bringing unacceptable health, climate, and environmental consequences while delaying and distracting us from developing energy policies to ensure our children's future.
Marcellus Shale Protest advocates a total ban on shale gas extraction, instead of "regulation", because:
The gas industry promises to "do it right," when there is no such thing; and, in our current political climate, there is no chance of holding this industry accountable. Marcellus Shale Protest views the media fixation upon regulations and taxation as missing the point, and we continue to insist on a total ban as the only responsible public policy.
About John Detwiler Private Citizen with Marcellus Shale Protest
Jon Olson Associate Professor in the Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Austin
Daniel Simmons Director of State Affairs at the Institute for Energy Research
Chris Faulkner Founder, President, and CEO of Breitling Oil and Gas
Lee Fuller Vice President of Government Relations for the Independent Petroleum Association of America