Glenn Conway: Baselining for fracking

09/02/2014 5:14 PM

09/02/2014 5:15 PM

Fracking appears to be inevitable in this state, so why is it that baselining of groundwater chemistry (and seismicity) is being resisted?

Surely, if fracking operations don’t result in groundwater contamination or seismic activity or any other undesirable outcome, then baselining should actually serve to help the frackers. It will provide facts and data that will later serve to show that chemical issues and contamination are not the result of fracking operations. This is good, right?

So if they want to claim that fracking is safe, do a great job of baselining the existing conditions and sleep well at night. On the other hand, if fracking does lead to groundwater contamination or other issues over time, then the baseline tests (data and facts) will help to pin the problem where it needs to be, which is on the shoulders of the frackers.

If frackers resist baselining, it would seem they want to fracking to occur under a cloud of uncertainty (gray area) where it is difficult to reasonably prove responsibility. I think this goes beyond naivete to being criminal. Get with the program. Measure everything before the fracking crews start.

Glenn Conway, Holly Springs

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