Letter: Fracking opposition based on scientific facts – Billings Gazette, Nov. 3, 2013

November 4, 2013

Categories: Clean Water, Letters, News, Oil and gas


This lettter to the editor also appeared in the Carbon County News

The public announcement that Energy Corporation of America is going to “Bakkenize” Carbon County is a nightmare. There have been recent claims stating that some residents of Carbon County are suffering from a lack of accurate information on fracking, just because we oppose it. The accuser, of course, is affiliated with an energy company. I decided to do my own research. Here are a few facts that I discovered:

The fact that some fracking fluids contain benzene and toluene is public record. Both of these chemicals are known carcinogens. The fact that some fracking fluid contaminates water supplies has been thoroughly documented by a study from Duke University and published in the National Academy of Sciences. Oil producing shale contains radium 226, uranium and radon 222, which can concentrate in fracking operations. When unstable radionuclides are ingested, they damage tissue as they undergo their normal fission process. Damaged cells may mutate, causing cancer.

The destruction of agricultural areas is painfully obvious. The thousands of heavy truck trips that ruin the peace and quiet of a rural settings and destroy road surfaces (paid for by local taxes) do not require a scientific study.

The gas industry wants to pretend that everyone opposed to fracking is radical and emotional, but it is science that drives us to take action. It is a fact that well casings are destined to fail, a fact that fracking destroys air quality and covers communities in silica dust. All of these things have been confirmed by hundreds of doctors, independent scientists and medical organizations.

Only one emotion would lead to fracking in our beloved community. Greed, the greed of the oil and gas industry that has already spent millions of dollars to influence people in their way. Greed must not be allowed to dictate the future of Carbon County residents.

Do your own research, I did.

Jennifer Sieike

220 South 27th Street, Suite A
Billings, Montana 59101
(406) 248-1154