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My gut feeling about fracking:

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It's just fine for all involved
  1940 votes / 7%
It's mildly bad, but worth the risks
  2651 votes / 10%
Not sure whether risks outweigh benefits
  7557 votes / 31%
The risks clearly outweigh the benefits
  8945 votes / 36%
I'm sharpening my monkeywrench
  3161 votes / 13%
24254 total votes.
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My gut feeling about fracking:

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  • by HatofPig (904660) <{moc.liamg} {ta} {keegehtnotnilc}> on Saturday April 07, 2012 @10:36PM (#39610429) Homepage
    This article [] is definitely worth a read if you want to get past the controversy. The bottom line is that the science is still out, but fracking is at least theoretically not nearly as dangerous as movies like Gasland would have you believe, barring the sort of human error which always ends up causing problems. The shale which is being broken up is far below the waterline, often seperated from the water supply by thick layes of solid rock. Still, I can't say I would want it being done anywhere close to where I live.
  • by reboot246 (623534) on Sunday April 08, 2012 @07:14AM (#39611711) Homepage
    You're in more danger from a gas leak on your service line or meter set than from fracking. More so if you have a locked gate or a bad dog so that the guy who comes around once every few years can't check your property for a gas leak.

    There are gas services out there that haven't been checked in 15 or 20 years. I know. I'm the one who checks them, and I can't go through locked gates and I don't have to deal with vicious dogs. If the house blows up, tough. We keep detailed records.
  • by marcosdumay (620877) <`marcosdumay' `at' `'> on Sunday April 08, 2012 @04:12PM (#39614147) Homepage Journal

    "The people that know it have advanced degress" != "The people with advanced degrees know it"

  • by arth1 (260657) on Monday April 09, 2012 @07:51AM (#39617861) Homepage Journal

    Where is the "LIKE" button?

    Make posts that are insightful, interesting or both.
    Watch karma go to Excellent.
    Stop posting for a couple of days.
    Receive five moderation points. The "+1 Underrated" is somewhat analogous to "LIKE".

    Arguably, "+1 Insightful" and "+1 Interesting" should never be used for this purpose, but people are always going to be biased, and much more likely to mod up an insightful or interesting post they actually like.

  • by danbert8 (1024253) on Monday April 09, 2012 @10:15AM (#39619113)

    I agree... As an employee of the oil and gas industry, I can tell you that not only do we comply with general construction codes, we also comply with a series of codes specifically for the oil and gas industry. For example, I work on the storage tanks which are governed by 2 major API codes (which mostly reference ASME codes) and dozens of recommended practices. That is just the start too, there are additionally company specific standards which go well above and beyond those codes. I agree the oil and gas industry didn't have the best historical record, but we have learned a lot since then and spend most of our time trying to prevent the decades old stuff from getting worse. Anything put in today I feel very comfortable with.

  • by quintus_horatius (1119995) on Monday April 09, 2012 @01:42PM (#39621407) Homepage

    I agree the oil and gas industry didn't have the best historical record, but we have learned a lot since then and spend most of our time trying to prevent the decades old stuff from getting worse.

    If the industry has learned a lot, it has only been in the past couple of years. I quote from that most reliable of sources, Wikipedia [] regarding the Deepwater Horizon spill from 2010:

    In January 2011 the White House oil spill commission released its final report on the causes of the oil spill. They blamed BP and its partners for making a series of cost-cutting decisions and the lack of a system to ensure well safety. They also concluded that the spill was not an isolated incident caused by "rogue industry or government officials", but that "The root causes are systemic and, absent significant reform in both industry practices and government policies, might well recur".

    That doesn't sound like an industry trying to learn from and improve upon its troubled past. It's more like business-as-usual: cut corners, ignore best practices, and hope you don't get caught. All businesses do it, but when the petroleum industry screws up everyone and everything suffers.

    I'm not saying that you yourself are a bad person, you may be doing the best job you can, but the people you work for aren't honorable.

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