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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Frick Frackin'

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The Top 5 Lies about Fracking

The very first paragraph…

Gasland Part II, the sequel to director/activist Josh Fox's earlier anti-fracking docudrama Gasland, will run on HBO next Monday. It appears to have rounded up the usual corporate villains and appealing victims of profit-hungry capitalist skullduggery, rather than telling the more substantial story: that fracking combined with horizontal drilling has unleashed a bonanza of cheap natural gas.

Wow. Cheap gas. No foolin’?

Why Anti-Fracking Environmentalists Are Holding Back the U.S.

The real story on fracking, say scientists, is that the risks are small and the rewards immense. Fracking lowered the price of natural gas so much that Americans heat our homes for less, and manufacturing that once left America has returned.
Wow. Lower natural gas prices. Cheaper to heat our homes.

But, hold on a second. Here in Northeast Pennsylfrackia, our natural gas rates are set to increase and soon.

So, what’s up with that?

Will the Natural Gas Boom Lead to Increased Exports?

The boom in natural gas continues to bring up questions about what to do with excess. Companies acting in their best interest want to sell it to countries outside U.S. free trade zones that are eager to buy. However, it has been a slow-developing process to get permission to trade with these countries, and companies are getting frustrated.

And there you have it. They want to export the natural gas.

So, thanks to our current Governor, the state’s coffers are not being filled by the fracking boom. Local natural gas customers are not benefiting. And so far, I’ve seen one natural gas filling station. And that was built and is owned by a local private sector company running plenty of large commercial vehicles.

So, if frickin’ frackin’ is so freakin’ wonderful, where’s the benefit?

You sure got me by the ball bearings.


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