T. Boone Pickens Thinks Fracking Is Safe -- Tell Him to Prove It

Oilman and billionaire T. Boone Pickens thinks America should be powered by a natural gas revolution. But when asked about the dangers posed by gas drilling, especially the practice of fracking, Pickens scoffed. Talking with Jon Stewart recently on the "Daily Show," Pickens denied there were any dangers from fracking: "I have never seen that happen... I've been here. I have fracked 3,000 wells in my life... I've never seen anything damaged."

I'm sure there are a whole lot of people from Pennsylvania to Texas that would disagree with Pickens -- folks who have seen their water, homes and health ruined by fracking.

Democracy for America is calling Pickens on his bluff, though:

The campaign encourages DFA members to call T. Boone Pickens and ask him to voluntarily comply with the FRAC Act which would require that all fracking operations disclose the chemicals used in the process.

"Energy independence cannot come at the expense of clean water and Americans' health," says Kaili Lambe, Campaign Manager for DFA.

Vice President Dick Cheney exempted fracking from the Safe Water Drinking Act in the 2005 Energy Bill and since then the natural gas industry unleashed a massive 34-state drilling campaign. Now, six years later, the facts are stacking up how fracking is poisoning drinking water and contributing to climate change.

If fracking, and the myriad toxic chemicals that are used in process, is really so safe -- then let's have Pickens (and all the other gas drillers out there) let us know what's in their fracking fluid.


AlterNet / By Tara Lohan

Posted at May 23, 2011, 10:04am

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