Some thoughts on fracking on Earth Day

As part of my job as an air-pollution meteorologist, I was recently on-site at Marcellus shale gas wells in various stages of development and operation in southwestern Pennsylvania. The state-of-the-science technology and professionalism of the managers and operators were truly impressive. While scoping out actual gas drilling in progress, it struck me why so many environmental activists are against such extraction activity. First, activists apparently have no appreciation for, and little understanding of, the cutting-edge engineering involved with fracking--the technique employed to extract natural gas from areas roughly a mile below the surface.  I and other environmental professionals with me were thrilled by what we observed of the drilling.  Our backgrounds in science and technology, along with our many years of work in the real-world, provided us with a unique perspective, much like what someone trained in the arts might experience at a...(Read Full Post)