The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

December 31, 2012

Deal with drilling

Daily Item

---- — Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," is a controversial topic in which explosives and toxic chemicals are used to obtain natural gas from shale rock layers deep within the earth. This process occurs all throughout the states, including Pennsylvania.

Fracking is controversial because it is damaging to the environment and the public; some companies are not properly disposing of the wastes created by fracking. Toxic chemicals are leaking into lakes and rivers. Methane gases are leaking into water wells, contaminating water supplies. Plus, the disclosure laws of hydraulic fracking are very limited throughout the states; there are none in Pennsylvania.

I'm not saying that states should outlaw hydraulic fracking because it is indeed helpful by obtaining cheap natural gas and lowering import costs on foreign oil. However, states should institute disclosure and disposal laws. This will force fracking companies to state their business, making it easier to keep track of the fracking wastes and where they are going after being "disposed." The disposal laws will help the wastes be disposed of properly and efficiently, instead of being dumped wherever, as they appear to be now in some cases.

David Klinger,

Selinsgrove Area High School