Regarding the Oct. 20 news article “ Tool found to track fracking fluids”: The tracer can “pinpoint highly diluted remnants of industrial fluids in waterways and other drinking water sources.” It can “identify illegal spills and accidental contamination.” And it has been proven not just in the laboratory. It was tested “on 39 samples in Pennsylvania, Arkansas and a spill site in West Virginia.”
The period for submitting comments about the draft fracking rules was technically over last month. The true test of the sincerity of the MEC, DENR and our legislature as to whether they are really on the side of public safety will be determined by whether they require use of this proven effective technique in the fracking rules when they are finalized the end of this year. Or are they really on the side of the greedy oil and gas industry?
If the MEC, DENR, our legislature and the oil and gas industry really believe we do not have to worry about drinking water contamination from leaks and spills, they should have no problems using this novel, proven approach. The proof is in the pudding ... and time will tell.