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How long will we experiment with shale gas development and hydraulic fracturing in populated areas and allow people to be the guinea pigs?

It is astounding that Alice Stewart published strong anecdotal evidence that prenatal xrays were causing leukemia deaths in children and it took the medical profession 25 years to cease this practice.

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    Apr 10 2013: Where is the proof?
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    Apr 10 2013: Hydraulic fracturing is a sign of desperation to feed our addiction to fossil fuels at the least possible monetary outlay, no matter the human and environmental cost.

    It's only a matter of time before the huge corporations doing the fracking are taken to court by existing land ownership cooperatives, or cooperatives formed as a result of trespass and theft of subterranean resources under owned land.

    In other words, the subterranean effects of hydraulic fracturing spreads way beyond the designated curtilage of land where the fracturing corporation's site of works is located, which I think may be unlawful practice.
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      May 10 2013: Ownership of land is normally limited to surface land down to a rather shallow depth, and generally excludes mineral or petroleum rights in the deep subsurface, which may be licensed by the state to extraction operators. The licensee is prohibited from causing damage to surface resources. The surface owner may have rights of use of deep ground water, and could perhaps carry a complaint of degradation of the quality of those waters, but it's often difficult to prove the cause of changes in deep ground water.
  • Apr 12 2013: Historically, people have always been guinea pigs.

    Changing this will require a whole new paradigm of product and corporate liability law.

    Unfortunately, that is impossible in the USA because the people who fund political campaigns do not want any changes that will hurt them monetarily.

    Corporations shield their investors from the liability of the harm they cause, while allowing the investors to enjoy the full benefit of the profits generated by harming people and the environment.

    The difference between today and the past is that today the scale of these operations is far larger, and growing, and today's technologies are far more powerful, and the growth of that power is accelerating.

    This brings into question the sustainability of capitalism as it is now practiced.
  • Apr 11 2013: I think were far from the best MPG vehicles and its puzzling why.
  • Apr 11 2013: more emphasis on optimization of current designs utilizing fossil fuels.
  • Apr 10 2013: Okay - you are causing me concern, but it isn't always well founded. Independent scientists formulating good rules won't solve all the problems, but they will make the outcome better.