Decades ago the tobacco industry brushed aside claims that their product caused lung cancer. Their mantra was, “Can’t prove it.” Smokers could have developed cancer from natural causes. Even nonsmokers developed lung cancer.
Then came warning labels indicating “smoking may be hazardous to your health.” Eventually the language changed to “is dangerous to your health.”
What do the tobacco companies say today? “We told you so; can’t blame us.” Skipped from “can’t prove it” to “can’t blame us,” avoiding most liability. Clever.
The energy industry is just as clever. Get ready for a replay with fracking. As stated in your Aug. 10 news article “ Duke’s fracking data stirs the pot,” the energy industry is already postulating that the professors’ conclusion that methane contamination in Pennsylvania wells could be caused by natural causes, not nearby fracking. Sound familiar?
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When unexplained health issues develop in fracking areas, wait for the “can’t prove it” mantra. Could be natural causes; not the chemical cocktail. Warnings will be issued for well water. Initially, they’ll say the water “may be hazardous” then “is hazardous” to our health.
Victims will sue unsuccessfully because “they can’t prove it.” Decades later we’ll get to “we told them so; they can’t blame us.”