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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Rethink risky fracking

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A recent piece about efforts to inform the public about the effects of the controversial energy-extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," skewed the facts about the debate and the science behind the process ("Fracking supporters fire back at 'woefully misinformed' celebrities," Web, Dec. 3).

Although the article mentioned a new pro-fracking video recently produced by the Western Energy Alliance (WEA), it failed to mention that the group represents the interests of the oil and gas industry — not exactly neutral players in this debate.

Contrary to what the WEA and other industry groups would like the public to think, the type of fracking currently in use has not been safely employed for decades. New techniques used to access previously inaccessible oil and gas reserves make fracking riskier than ever.

No matter the messenger, you can't deny the facts: fracking uses carcinogenic chemicals, contributes to global warming by emitting methane into the atmosphere, squanders vital water resources and introduces to communities a litany of economic and social problems. That's why we should ban fracking altogether and invest in the deployment of safe, truly sustainable energy solutions.

WENONAH HAUTER
Executive director
Food & Water Watch
Washington

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