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‘Frack’ impact weighed

After reading the Jan. 22 front-page article “Many wells are OK,” which discussed the plight of Woodlands residents dealing with contaminated drinking water that arose after Rex Energy began fracking operations in the area, I began to wonder how I would react if it were my community.
Would I blame my neighbors for the loss of my property value because they were standing up for the basic human needs of their families, or would I stand with them against the root cause of the problem?
Though, as the headline states, some wells in the community still are unaffected by the contamination, offering a few water wells that have not been tested as evidence that fracking is safe is like pointing to a drunken driver who made it home without getting into a wreck and claiming drunken driving is safe.
And, just like drunken driving, it might seem safe to some who engage in the practice, until the tragedy affects them personally and then it is too late.

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Jill A. Perry, Ph.D.
Evans City
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