The Wall Street Journal reports that some of the objections being raised to hydraulic fracking have turned out to be quite overblown:
The Environmental Protection Agency has dropped its claim that an energy company contaminated drinking water in Texas, the third time in recent months that the agency has backtracked on high-profile local allegations linking natural-gas drilling and water pollution.On Friday, the agency told a federal judge it withdrew an administrative order that alleged Range Resources Corp. had polluted water wells in a rural Texas county west of Fort Worth…In addition to dropping the case in Texas, the EPA has agreed to substantial retesting of water in Wyoming after its methods were questioned. And in Pennsylvania, it has angered state officials by conducting its own analysis of well water—only to confirm the state’s finding that water once tainted by gas was safe.
Fracking is not a panacea, and it is still an emerging technology that needs to be refined. But it does not need frivolous and alarmist green regulators shutting it down on the basis of flimsy evidence. Keeping the greens sweet isn’t helping Democrats position President Obama for re-election: attacking one of the country’s best hopes for well paid blue collar jobs (to say nothing of cheap energy) on the basis of hysterical fears and spurious science is hardly the best way to win friends and influence people in 2012.