Rachel Ehrenberg’s feature story on hydraulic fracturing “The Facts Behind the Frack,“ (SN: 9/8/12, p. 20) spurred a big response from readers. We received letters voicing strong opinions on both sides of the fracking debate. The article was intended as an overview of what science has to say about the risks of fracking and, due to space constraints, could not cover every aspect of the issue. Here is a selection of the letters we received.
“The facts behind the frack” was right on the money — timely and well balanced. As a geophysicist, I’ve been asked by numerous acquaintances to explain the issue. As is often the case, the explanations are nuanced and qualified, as you say in the article, indicating the process is probably safe if properly regulated. Good job.
John Bodine, Naperville, Ill.