You should read Joe Nocera’s column in the NYT today about fracking. He begins it with “Fracking isn’t going away” and then goes on to describe the economic benefits of the fuel. He says “Fracking’s enemies can stamp their feet all they want, but that gas is too important to leave it in the ground.”
It’s important to point out that Joe Nocera is not some right wing, petro-consultant. He is a liberal columnist with the NYT. He cites in his column Fred Krupp, the president of the Environmental Defense Fund, which published a report that concluded “the U.S. shale gas resource has enormous potential to provide economic and environmental benefits for the country.”
Nocera spends the rest of his column outlining some of the ways the process of extracting this gas can be done in a responsible fashion.
That’s all I am asking here in New Brunswick. I never found that unreasonable.
I understand that shale gas has become a proxy for some larger distrust of government, et. al. The folks who talk about Hydro-Quebec and fracking in the same breath understand this all to well.
But just remember the shale gas doesn’t belong to ‘government’ or to some American ‘company’. It belongs to us. We need our government to put the property environmental framework and monitoring regime in place. We need our government to work to maximize the value of the resource to New Brunswickers (a loaded term, I give you) and we need high quality and responsible companies to pull it out of the ground for us but in the end it is ours.