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October 31, 2013

Go to the source for fracking facts

Go to the source for fracking facts

The Aug. 1 letter by Teresa Winchester shows total disregard for the facts or any due diligence, leaving the readers of The Daily Star wondering how someone with such a negative, personal agenda can influence others. 

When reading Ms. Winchester’s letter downplaying the significance of the fact that there has not been one documented case of water contamination by hydrofracking a natural gas well, as evidenced by the EPA admittedly, and by all of the state environmental agencies from Colorado, New Mexico, Alabama, Ohio and Pennsylavania, it became obvious the truth needs to be printed. The truth and facts are available to everyone. 

Unlike Teresa Winchester, I did my due diligence, and called these agencies and spoke with the environmental protection officers and asked them if there are any documented cases of contamination to water by hydrofracking. The answer all the way around was “no”! 

Winchester’s statement is completely false. I called the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, in Pinedale, Wy. I spoke directly to the person in charge of their environmental protection issues, and asked her directly if they’ve ever had any documented cases of water contamination from hydrofracking natural gas wells. Her reply: “Never.”  They’ve never connected water contamination with hydrofracking! Winchester’s statement, “The contamination in Sublette County is significant because it is the first to be documented by a federal agency, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management,” bears no truth whatsoever!

Please don’t believe the fallacies that the Winchesters would have you believe. James Powers, Linda Rowinski and Marie Lusins have done the research, and so have I. Go straight to the source. Call for yourself. The U.S. BLM Pinedale, Wyoming office and Shelly Gregory at the Public Affairs office. Teresa, please stop misleading upstate New York with misinformation. 

Kimberly More


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