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Fracking
by Ted Rudow III, MA ( Tedr77 [at] aol.com )
Sunday Apr 21st, 2013 7:10 PM
The chemicals used in fracking are highly diluted and natural gas is clean and abundant and fracking will provide many needed jobs. The promotional language that fracking has been unrolled across our nation. One of my biggest concerns is what fracking does to air quality. Our other Western states like Colorado showing that drilling and fracking operations are almost always accompanied by spikes in ground-level ozone -- smog.

Of all human cancers, bladder cancer is the one most likely to recur. Atrazine is one of the weed killers that we use in the United States and it's either the number one or number two weed killer. And interestingly it's banned for use in the European Union. Look it as an issue of a woman's reproductive rights. You know, a woman's body is the incubator and the first environment for a child. And that surely the flipside of Planned Parenthood is to be able to plan a parenthood and carry it out without other people's toxic chemicals interfering with it.

So do chemicals, like people are they innocent until proven guilty? Are they allowed on the market first until we can prove by dying or by harmed children that the chemicals should not be on the market? Or are we going to create precondition to say that before a chemical can be marketed you have to demonstrate through careful testing that almost certainly no one is going to get hurt.

Ted Rudow III, MA