Wow, Tom Ridge, I saw you on The Colbert Report and just couldn’t believe my ears! You could learn a lot from a dog, Tom, so let me start educating you. I’d actually like to focus on just two of the lies that you spun. Every good dog knows that lying only gets you in trouble in the long run, Tom–but, then again, you’re not a good dog, so what should I expect?!
The lies: Hydraulic fracturing has been going on for 50 or 60 years, it’s safe, and there’s never been groundwater contamination because of it.
The truth: Not if we are talking about the current wave in PA of high-volume, high-pressure, slickwater fracking using unconventional directional drilling. The first Marcellus well in PA was only drilled a few years ago… think, people, think… Ridge’s statement doesn’t even make sense… if they had this technology, they wouldn’t have been holding off, especially considering how people are going whole-hog right now! Tom’s trying to confuse you into thinking fracking is safe. He said a million of these types of wells have been drilled, and that just ain’t true. If this technology has been around for 50 or 60 years, why the sudden interest in it? The reason is because the particular type of fracking is unique, only developed in the past few years, as the technologies were not sufficiently evolved to obtain Marcellus Shale gas until just recently.
Tom’s lying to you. Here is a lengthy debunking of Tom’s lies, found on the DCNR website: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/topogeo/pub/pageolmag/pdfs/v38n1.pdf and here is a FAQ page to answer more questions about geological history: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/topogeo/oilandgas/marcellus_shale.aspx