Accurate information on fracking

To the Editor,

The CNN recently printed a series of inaccuracies about fracking, first by its own reporter Eleanor Guerrero and then by Dr. David Lehnherr, who is affiliated with the Montana Conservation Voters, a group known for its tireless hostility to all beneficial uses of natural resources.   
 One big question is why the CNN is committed to misleading its readers about energy technologies, and about fracking in particular. Energy Jobs would bring prosperity to Carbon County, and not only our businesses but every liberal cause, ranging from historic preservation to open spaces to domestic violence prevention to promotion of the arts, would benefit from an improved economic climate.
 So why is CNN so opposed that it cannot tell a straight story? Indeed, since CNN must prosper or fall with Carbon County, by failing to offer a balanced view of development the paper is, in effect, shooting itself in the pocket book.  The logical conclusion to be drawn is that the CNN is just reflexively a part of the “lamestream” media that pushes the “poverty for all but the elites” agenda of the Left to the low information voter.
 Here are a few real Fracking facts.        
  Fracking has been around for over 50 years
Fracking is done well below any water table (2,000 feet versus ~100 feet for water)
Former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson admitted there are no provable cases of water contamination from fracking
Fracking chemicals are 99.5% water and 0.5% additives, and the additives are common chemicals found in household products

Fracking must be economic.  Investment of $10 MM or more in a drilling operation must meet regulatory and resource hurdles.
Communities near coal mines sometimes report temporary spates of methane in their water.  This is a natural and temporary phenomenon and occurred before fracking.
The representations in the movie “Gas Land” are thoroughly debunked in the “crowd funded” movie “Frack Nation” – which the CNN chose not to report.
 CNN readers who work hard for their living should reject the propaganda that poisons efforts to develop fracking and energy generally. Carbon County needs to grow in sensible ways, and looking at some of the small wilting towns around us should be a warning of the price of failing to recognize reality.

Dianne Wyss
Red Lodge