Dianne Bady: Proliferation of pipelines, fracking will hurt region

West Virginia’s Senate President Carmichael recently was quoted as stating, “We have a moral imperative to provide low-cost energy, not only to West Virginia, but to the world” (State Journal, Feb. 13).

West Virginia’s fracked gas may be low cost for “the world,” but fracking activities force very high costs on those who live nearby. Hundreds of our neighbors in northern West Virginia have already sued fracking companies for serious problems, and some have to have replacement water trucked into their homes after their wells apparently became contaminated. If they can afford it, they often drink only bottled water, because not everyone trusts the replacement water.


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