The Brown Revolution
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  • IMO, some brilliant writing on a very promising – though admittedly liable to mismanagement and exploitation – economic trend.

  • Very good.

  • Frank Slack

    “Ground water can be polluted; wastewater can be improperly disposed of; dangerous amounts of methane can be released into the atmosphere. There is evidence to support all of these fears.”

    There’s powerful evidence that this is a made up fear: according to the American Petroleum Institute, since 1856, there have been nearly 300,000 oil and gas wells drilled in Ohio, of which about 90,000 have been fractured or subjected to water injection recovery. The vast majority of that activity took place at drilling depths thousands of feet closer to the surface and water tables than current activity, and during a time when no thought whatever was given to “environmental concerns.” If the dire outcomes pointed to by your “evidence” was other than trivial for the state as a whole, this entire state would be a flaming, unlivable pit.

    I say, state the evidence, and let’s consider it, but let’s consider all of the evidence.

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