Letters to the Editor

Fracking is safe

Re the April 26 article President ignores fracking risks in the Everglades: “Over the past eight years, the United States has reduced its total carbon pollution by more than any other nation on Earth.” That was President Obama last September.

How have we reduced emissions during a resurgence in energy production that has made us the world’s leading oil and natural gas producer? It’s largely because of greater availability of clean-burning natural gas unlocked by hydraulic fracturing. U.S. energy-related emissions of carbon dioxide are near 20-year lows and are projected to remain below 2005 levels through 2040, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. What’s more, methane emissions from hydraulically fractured natural-gas wells have plunged almost 79 percent since 2005.

Hydraulic fracturing has been used for more than 65 years and in more than 1 million wells. Current and former heads of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Interior and Energy departments are all on record affirming the safety of the technology.

Legislation introduced in the state Legislature would have simply modernized Florida’s laws and regulations to ensure that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has the proper oversight to effectively regulate this time-tested technology that has brought many economic benefits to so many Americans.

David Mica, executive director, Florida Petroleum Council, Tallahassee