The threat of Marcellus drilling is shocking

Written by Tom Waseleski on .

Thank you for publishing Don Hopey's reporting on the Marcellus Shale gas drilling issue ("Marcellus Gas Drilling Put Under Microscope," June 13).

Given the record of accidents in complex industrial operations from Bhopal to Deepwater Horizon, it is incredible to me that, as you report, "some Pennsylvania districts" are considering locating gas wells on school properties, or that drilling rights have been bought in city neighborhoods within a mile of "3,000 to 5,000 people, five elementary schools, two middle schools, Carrick High School and lots of businesses and industry."

We know from experience that complex systems inevitably will fail in some way. It's our responsibility to protect ourselves and those who (we hope) will come after us by taking care now, before massive drilling occurs all over Pennsylvania and the rest of the Marcellus Shale area, that people's health and safety are protected. Thanks are due to state Sen. Jim Ferlo for advocating a moratorium on new drilling, like the one in New York State, so that we can have a fair and public examination of the risks as well as the profits.


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