11/15 Voice of the Reader

2012-11-15T01:00:00Z 11/15 Voice of the Reader The Southern
November 15, 2012 1:00 am

Fracking foe short on facts

To the Editor:

A moratorium on fracking is a very bad idea for Illinois (Fracking moratorium finds friendly audience in Carbondale, Oct. 31). Opponents have little evidence that fracking contaminates groundwater supplies or is a threat to public health in any way.

The representative from Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing Our Environment, who claimed to have a 128-page report from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency of fracking-related contamination failed to tell The Southern Illinoisan that the report is more than 30 years old, and is in regards to wastewater disposal, an entirely separate industrial process that is not unique to fracking. A fracking moratorium wouldn’t even prevent other manufacturers from disposing wastewater in their own way not to mention a lot of regulations have changed since 1978.

According the highly-respected research firm IHS, 1.7 million jobs have been created by the energy production boom in which fracking and horizontal drilling technologies were largely responsible for, and three million expected by 2020. If Illinois, with 8.8 percent unemployment, is going to avoid taking full advantage of this economic opportunity, it should be because of a lot more evidence than a report from 1978.

TAYLOR SMITH

POLICY ANALYST

MOUNT PROSPECT

We all are neighbors

To the Editor:

Who said religion and politics don’t mix? Mr. Henneberger’s October 24 letter seems to make the case, in which he takes a busload of nuns to task because they stump for Obama rather than set up soup kitchens and food pantries. He criticizes Mr. Del Rio’s position on forgiveness as philosophical nonsense.

Aren’t we all neighbors, each on our own spiritual and political path? Not one is better than another; some are merely further along. Jesus was sacrificed for Mother Teresa and Adolf Hitler. He was sacrificed for Julius Caesar and Barack Obama, Communists and Jews, Mr. Del Rio and Mr. Henneberger.

Mr. Henneberger violated his own principle: “One may never do evil in order that good may result,” by failing to remove the plank from his own eye before pointing out the mote in Mr. Del Rio’s. Perhaps a better test of righteousness is this. First, are my actions loving, and second, do my actions glorify God? In teaching us to love each other and do the will of his Father, Jesus glorified God in everything he did. When he asked us to follow him, he wasn’t going to a soup kitchen or a political rally. He was headed for the cross.

ROBIN BUCK

CARBONDALE

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  1. colt18
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    colt18 - November 16, 2012 11:03 am
    Creal Springs Bell Smith Springs

    I have 2 springs on my property and know of many more in Williamson and Johnson counties.

    Most people in Southern Illinois don't own the mineral rights to their property. The coal and oil companies bought them long ago. So some lucky duckys are going to have a Halliburton sub contractor on their land whether they want them there or not.

    Then there's the earthquakes that seem to increase 10 fold around fracking areas.

    http://rt.com/usa/news/fracking-ohio-quake-earth-165/
  2. jkj1948
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    jkj1948 - November 15, 2012 5:03 pm
    Very good! I grew up on kerosene lamps and that was the first thing I thought about, I was so irritated at the "opinion". You are right. Course we can only hunt animals with bow and arrows because guns will be outlawed but on second thought, tree huggers want animals to have the same rights as humans. So I guess we can curl up and die for lack of heat, clothing, guns, food, etc. Course the radical environments want that to happen anyway; humans die and leave it to the animals.
    Dr J
  3. Ox Bird
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    Ox Bird - November 15, 2012 2:06 pm
    Uh......jkj1948......kerosene is a combustible hydrocarbon and is produced by wells which have been stimulated by hydraulic fracturing.....so.....The anti's are also against kerosene.

    We might be able to use candles.......I believe that they can be made by animal fats that are rendered down, somehow.......as long as we use wood to heat the cauldron that the rendering is being done in......

    Actually, they might have us use burning sticks or twigs for light.....or we can get dogs and run them on some sort of treadmill hooked to a dynamo.....or maybe they might prefer that we just sit in the dark and freeze.......while they proudly live up to their own hypocrisy....by using each and every product produced by natural gas and oil.....which is made available to them at cheaper and cheaper prices...........thanks to modern drilling methods, including hydraulic fracturing....!!!
  4. Ox Bird
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    Ox Bird - November 15, 2012 1:55 pm
    Irish Rover.....You will be pleased to know that you almost killed me.....I was reading your comment and eating a late lunch....and I just about gagged when I read the part where you are holding Vermont and France up as examples that we should consider following.....and then you just about finished me off with the "Yankee carpetbagger" thing........Hilarious!!!

    You are gonna need to cook up some other junk to foist off on people in order to skunk 'em into going along with SAFE's plans and dreams for all of us............I don't think that anyone around here thinks very highly of France and Vermont........They might like 'em up in Chicago, though...............Come to think of it, I guess that's who you stand the biggest chance of fooling....!!
  5. Diogenes
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    Diogenes - November 15, 2012 12:22 pm
    One thing I haven't heard anyone else talk about in all of this is the fact that here in Southern Illinois we do not get our water from deep aquifers. Most of our water is in surface lakes and shallow wells. I also don't hear anyone mention the water cycle where water evaporates and leaves the nasty stuff behind and recycles itself. (I still remember that from grade school) I believe the northern part of our state does have deep aquifers which would make this a different discussion. If we want to emulate France lets go nuclear!
  6. MMike
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    MMike - November 15, 2012 11:21 am
    Irish Rover: South Africa has decided to lift its ban on fracking. What happened is they had a moratorium while they studied the issues around fracking. Now that they have done this they are lifting it. France has a strong nuclear power program. So, fracking for natural gas may not be a good economic/energy policy for them. In some places fracking probably should be banned. That does not mean it should be banned everywhere.

    Proponents of fracking should not pretend there are no problems and those concerned about the problems should not assume these cannot be solved.
  7. jkj1948
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    jkj1948 - November 15, 2012 10:15 am
    France made it illegal? Wow, with an example like that we should just quit debating. They are such a model for us to emulate! Oh, they are such a model of socialism. No facts in Irish Rover's comment. Notice he did not comment on the 1978 report but rather deflected to "Other people have done it, why not us?" They MUST have done research. Hogwash! Because of the liberal, socialist mindset, their governments just banned it. Light your kerosene lamps, the Luddites are coming!
    Dr J
  8. Irish Rover
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    Irish Rover - November 15, 2012 8:08 am
    Mr. Smith has wrongly asserted that fracking does not cause contamination of groundwater. If this were true, fracking would be legal in Vermont, New Jersey, France, South Africa amongst other places. The fact is that it is is ILLEGAL in these places because they studied the process and determined that it is too harmful to frack. Whether unemplyment is 8% or 20% it has NO BEARING on the safety of fracking our land. Stay up North- Yankee carpetbagger don't come fracking around here.
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