Hooray for Del. Heather Mizeur for staring down oil companies over fracking in Maryland ("No studies? No fracking," Sept. 13). Delegate Mizeur is demanding solid, scientific studies of all the risks of fracking before allowing it here. The oil industry maintains that fracking is safe.
But if fracking is safe, why did the oil industry seek, and get, special treatment in the 2005 Energy Bill to keep the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from regulating fracking? This "Halliburton Loophole" is named after former Vice President and Halliburton oil chief Dick Cheney. He helped get this "special treatment" that is still in force today. And if fracking is safe, why did Nationwide Mutual Insurance announce in July that it will no longer insure policyholders who allow fracking on their land? Nationwide says the risks are "too great to ignore."