One Bad Idea after Another
Last week, I posted a piece on the Ohio state legislature’s oxymoronic proposal to preserve state park and forest land by licensing fracking operations on those lands.
I expressed my concern that areas previously degraded by and still recovering from coal mining would be degraded again by fracking. A reader pointed out that the environmental risks related to fracking are not comparable to those related to coal mining. I was not, however, convinced. In the end, I think that the chemicals injected underground during the fracking process and the deep-well injection of the wastes produced in the process will turn out to be much more problematic than the advocates of cheap natural gas are willing to admit.
But, it turns out that the argument may be somewhat moot, because as the following item in the Columbus Dispatch makes clear, the federal government—that’s right, the Forest Service that reports to the…
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