Hydraulic Fracturing Industry Cares about Safety, Environment

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Hydraulic fracturing industry

cares about safety, environment

Your article Sunday on hydraulic fracturing (a.k.a. "fracking') was mis-titled. It should have been called "Misinformation from Fracking Opponents.'

Over the last three years, I have worked directly with oil and gas exploration companies as well as OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) who support hydraulic fracturing operations. These companies include

Halliburton, Schlumberger and FracTech, to name just a few.

In almost 25 years of engineering experience, never have I encountered a more safety-conscious, environmentally proactive group of professionals. Halliburton, for example, starts every single meeting among employees with a discussion of the importance of safety in all aspects of company operations.

While every technology carries with it some amount of risk, I would sooner trust engineers from these organizations to understand and mitigate risk than any of the sources cited in your article. Instead, the industry

opponents you identify make vague and unsubstantiated references to non-specific concerns, while the article leaves the reader completely unaware of extant countermeasures.

Worse, by providing a forum for a grossly uninformed stance against natural gas exploration in Northwest Missouri, the newspaper exposes the community

to unnecessary economic risks. Last time I checked, unemployment remains very high while natural gas exploration brings new business and jobs " lots

of them " to surrounding areas. …