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July 31, 2014

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Letter to the editor:

Imagine life without oil, gas

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Regarding the letter “Fracking hurts land owners”:

It is amazing that I cannot even open the Sunday paper without seeing somebody complaining again about fracking oil and gas wells.

I have been in the oil and gas drilling industry for more than 30 years, working offshore and onshore. I have been a roughneck and a representative for major companies.

Fracking is done deep into the payzones, and all water tables are cased and cemented, which prevents any high-pressure fracking fluids from entering.

It is just amazing how many people turn on their stoves (gas or electric), stick a nozzle in their gas tank or even brush their teeth and have no clue that if it wasn’t for people like me and my brothers in this industry, they would be back to the horse and carriage.

Is that what the people want? I doubt it.

Most people in this world could not survive without a cellphone or toilet paper. If it wasn’t for oil and natural gas, these kinds of things would not be available.

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  1. Sadly what will really hurt farmers, especially small family ones, is the Inheritance Tax that will revert back to its original amount with the fiscal cliff dive on January 2, 2013, not fracking. Why? For these small American farmers, the value of the estate is in the land, not the contents. Restore the burdensome Inheritance Tax on the land, as the fiscal cliff will do, and the heirs of the farmers will likely be unable to pay it. And they will lose their family farms, literally, not just figuratively.

    CarmineD

  2. Fracking is not anything new to the oil and gas industry but it is new to the public and the public deserves a better explanation of it from industry.

    Fracking was being used in the 1960s to coax some additional production from what were then deemed to be depleted oil fields and was one of several "secondary recovery" methods the industry used.

  3. Thank you, Mr. Wyndle, for taking the Luddites to task. They like their modern amenities but have no idea what it takes to bring them to life. I guess they still believe in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and Fairy Godmothers. After all, all those modern appliances they use must grow on trees, use no electricity or fuel and were invented by Al Gore.

  4. The method of fracking being used in bringing gas to the surface for consumer us is needed.However it is not 100% full proof without some sort of mishap occuring from time to time.

    Some of the things that have happened on fracking sites.Include explosions from the gas wells,gas storage area explosions,well or pipe line explosions,fuel spills,just to name a few things that can and have happened.

    The biggest problem that has happened from fracking is contaminated drinking water which has happened in Dimock, Pennsylvania where area residents are suing oil and gas corporations.They claim that 2 wells have above levels of arsenic.

    I believe oil and gas corporations will need to improve safety concerns from fracking in our country.Who knows what will happen with a well 8,000 ft.below the surface once it's caped and closed and no longer being used.