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    Silas RussellFeb 20, 2013 at 2:14 am

    I find it incredibly disappointing that Allegheny is even considering fracking on its property. The Bousson has a long history with our school as a nature conservancy, not to mention that Allegheny is known for making strides to become increasingly environmentally friendly by supporting clean energy production and LEED certified construction. People are often misled to believe that natural gas is a clean fuel, but the process of extracting it is incredibly dirty and destructive. Allegheny should continue to lead the effort to move away from our outdated dependence on fossil fuels, not prolong it.

    Silas Russell

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    SageBabeFeb 18, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    It is actually stunning to this reader that not one person addressed the issue of how to safely dispose of the contaminated frack waste water. If it was discussed at the informational session, this should have been front and center. The process creates millions of gallons of contaminated water. In 2005, fracking was granted specific exemptions from the Safe Drinking
    Water Act. Fracking is also exempt from key provisions within the Clean
    Air Act and the Clean Water Act. Chemicals used in drilling and
    fracking operations can be claimed as trade secrets; public release of
    their identity is not mandated by federal right-to-know provisions. The
    Environmental Protection Agency has limited jurisdiction over fracking. That’s a fact. Currently, there is no process whereby water can be de-contaminated and returned to the earth. It’s loaded with toxic chemicals and it’s nothing neighbors in Ohio, New York, New Jersey, West Virginia and Maryland want passed to them like it’s some cup of sugar. Until a Comprehensive Health Impacts Assessment is done, fracking should be in a holding pattern.

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