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Thu Jan 26, 2012, 03:29 AM Jan 2012

Drillers get lift from Obama's talk

...Brad Gill, executive director of the pro-fracking Independent Oil & Gas Association, said in a statement that Obama's message "must be heard and considered in New York as the state moves toward allowing safe natural gas development in the Southern Tier. ... We are confident that his vision will be reflected in the administration's actions, and that New York will recognize the role it will play in fulfilling the nation's energy goals."

"The President is right," said Jerry Kremer, chairman of the New York Affordable Reliable Electricity Alliance. "New York must find a way to safely extract Marcellus Shale gas, as the resulting jobs and energy are vital to our state's future."

But Claire Sandberg, executive director of the advocacy group Frack Action, listened to that section of Obama's speech with "great dismay."

"His portrait doesn't stand up to the facts," she said, arguing that the drilling industry underplays environmental concerns and issues overblown projections of its economic impact.

Read more-> http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Drillers-get-lift-from-Obama-s-talk-2692362.php

My opinion:
Fracking should be halted unless or until it is shown to be safe.

Protect drinking water.

Safety should be considered first, not as an afterthought.

This is an issue that affects people in many states. The states are not protecting us.
The federal government should step in to protect us. That's why we elect you.

Applaud those who have engaged in non-violent protest to bring attention to the issue.

If drillers screw up the water, we won't have anything to drink.

When water becomes a scarce resource, we will only have access to water according to our ability to pay.

Ask "how would I feel if my drinking water were being threatened?"

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