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Letter: Information on fracking needed, rather than opinions

Recent letters by Benita Phillips and Justin Hemmer were disappointing. Neither provided compelling evidence to support their positions. Phillips expressed concerns that environmental and human heath may be jeopardized by fracking. For his part, Hemmer vilified Phillips and her concerns.

Both Phillips and Hemmer make science the arbiter for policy. Yet neither offers any scientific support for their conclusions. This is not science — it’s opinion.

Hemmer is particularly hypocritical: his industry ignores science when it’s convenient — the science of Global Climate Change comes to mind. Really, Hemmer’s unsubstantiated claims and attempt at character assassination are deplorable.

The jury is still out on fracking. We don’t know what the consequences will be — anyone claiming they do is lying. But the onus is on the industry and there is plenty of reason to be skeptical of their claims, as Hemmer’s letter demonstrates.

We need information, not opinions.

John Jenkins, Ph.D.

Grand Junction, Colo.

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