Regarding the Sept. 16 news article “ Duke scientists fault wells, not fracking, for contamination”: Risk-free fracking with adequate precautions is advised by experts in North Carolina.
Now that Duke scientists in a peer-reviewed paper, in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, have alluded to no imminent risk to our water quality from the proposed fracking in North Carolina, the Energy and Mining Commission is bound to recommend to the N.C. General Assembly in 2015 to go ahead with fracking.
Nevertheless, I agree with academic geologists at North Carolina State University that unlike northern States like Pennsylvania, we do not have enough quantity of gas to warrant a full-scale fracking venture. Furthermore, the four public hearings did not endorse North Carolina government interest to get shale gas from our underground basins in three triangle counties.
I also suggest that we give up a greedy approach for our energy resources without a concern for long-term big picture. Let us follow the model of Vermont that is exponentially increasing its energy needs from renewable sources. We must go 50 percent green (solar, wind etc.) by 2024.
North Carolina must reform the regulatory commissions with members representing environmental ethics, besides policy makers and scientists.
Robert Y. George