I recently had the privilege of speaking before the Macon County Board of Commissioners on the subject of hydraulic fracturing. To be clear, while I am opposed to the current legislation, I do believe that natural gas is a key transition fuel to a sustainable energy future. In this letter I want to address some of the issues and questions raised by the supporters of the current legislation.
One asked why we should be concerned when hundreds of wells have been fracked in Macon County over the years. While this is undoubtedly true, it is both misleading and irrelevant to the current discussion. These were drinking water wells with vertical bores and the materials used were not toxic. By contrast, compounds such as kerosene, 2- butoxyethanol or any of hundreds of other toxic chemicals are used for gas and oil well fracking.
Another speaker (and subsequent letter writer) asked why the opposition to fracking has only emerged in the last three to four years, while the practice of hydraulic fracturing has been around for over 60 years. This is an important and relevant question. A little research has provided the answer to that question.