Fracking state of mind

Posted Friday, Jul. 19, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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I recently read about two ladies in Vestal, N.Y., who devote their lives to the anti-fracking movement.

I have personally fracked hundreds of oil and gas wells during the past 50-plus years without pollution of Mother Earth.

These treatments accomplished the purpose, i.e., produce more oil and gas than they would have without fracking.

Sure, roads must be built, trees removed, truck traffic increased, tanks were erected, and pump jacks began bobbing their heads against the horizon, but we folks here in oil country just think they make our sunsets more beautiful.

A brilliant engineer, George P. Mitchell, charged his engineers with the task of bringing oil and gas out of the source rock — shale.

An improved method of fracking was the key. The benefits realized are huge: tax and royalty income for cities and states, cheaper utility bills, reduced reliance on foreign oil, and thousands of good-paying jobs.

Gov. Cuomo must decide to allow or not allow fracking.

Which is more important: a pair of well-intended ladies in Vestal and their misinformed friends or the job seekers and income-starved cities of New York?

— Jerry Eskew, Fort Worth

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