Fracking too destructive to allow

November 09, 2013

I thank The Sun for the recent commentary on fracking, which takes a position on the science rather than the economics ("Hydrofracking risks outweigh rewards," Oct. 31). It explains the very real dangers of earthquakes and persistent ecological damage. It ends by stating that fracking companies should be accountable in dollars for these problems, which will exist long after a well is capped. In addition, the author calls on federal and state government to be rigorous in applying regulations.

I think fracking should be completely illegal due to the facts that the author states. I also think it is wrong for gas companies to profit and leave all of life in our region to bear the cost of the inevitable damage. Emitting greenhouse gases doesn't cost a dime and is perfectly legal, so the gas companies are not accountable for the worst of the damage, but they stand to profit.

Marylanders need to know there is an opportunity coming up to stand up against fracking and against using our state and the Chesapeake Bay to set up new, destructive and dirty export infrastructure. If you do not want to see a huge new export facility in our state, come to the Maryland Crossroads Tour: Clean Energy, Not Cove Point. It takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 7:30 at MICA in the Brown Auditorium.

Karie Firoozmand, Timonium

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