IN RE: David Brooks
Shale Gas Revolution 11/4/2011
from The New York Times
This is response to David Brooks’ article on fracking for natural gas. The NY Times has published many articles on the process and the abundant reserves of natural gas in Pennsylvania and Upstate New York. This is the new, largely unregulated “off shore” panacea for the 21st century, a down an dirty alternative that keeps us from pursuing sustainable options.
The de facto result of the arguments that Brooks puts forward keeps us from developing real change in our energy policies. As long as the next new source of cheap energy is available somewhere, whether it is further off shore in the Gulf of Mexico, on the North Slope or under the hills of Pennsylvania and Upstate New York, the real solutions will remain unrealized. We have had already 60 years since the time when gas was only twenty five cents a gallon to work toward sustainable alternatives but renewable energy still remains a weak industry. Brooks suggests another 100 years of the same while we fumble to get our house in order. While he is happy to sit down with John Rowe, a utilities CEO and a leader in the nuclear power industry, he also should have been eager to sit down with one of the respected environmentalists he claims is squandering our chances to create an “ideal bridge” to a new energy future. We don’t do ideal here; we do down and dirty which is what the fracking industry is. Fracking leaves us with many of the same waste disposal issues inherent in the nuclear industry. The vested interests Brooks describes which dominate the discussion so far are the energy companies themselves, who are looking for yet another pass on drilling practices. Let’s not dismiss the other side of the discussion and brand real energy advocates for the “crime” of lobbying against the “blessing” of fracking for cheap natural gas.
Here is a recent story on D&L Energy CEO, Ben Lupo who pleaded not guilty to recent fracking waste disposal in Ohio. He has admitted publicly that he ordered the dumping in the Youngstown, Ohio region.