Risks of Fracking

The companies most likely to be trusted by investors and most readily welcomed by local communities will be those that:

• Have an across-the-board, transparent record of voluntary actions to reduce the quantity and toxicity of chemicals;

• Develop innovative methods for reducing use of fresh water — for example, recycling fracturing waste waters or using saline or industrial waste waters for fracturing;

• Systematically inventory and reduce air emissions from operations, including using green completions where appropriate and substituting closed waste storage structures for open pits;

• Closely oversee their contractors to prevent shoddy well construction and demonstrate rapid emergency response capability;

• Know what’s in their waste and what happens to it;

• Anticipate and respond to local community noise, road damage, and other nuisance concerns; and

• Acknowledge regulatory transgressions and lessons learned from them.

via The Real Story About the Risks of Fracking, Richard Liroff, GreenBiz.com, 7/18/2011.

Good advice from a trusted source.

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