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Industrial Disasters
Fracking's false promise
Fracking's false promise

Letter writer Matthew Dempsey wants us all to jump on the fracking bandwagon, quoting governors of both parties, including former Gov. Martin O'Malley, that "regulations will effectively manage the risks of fracking" ("Fracking causes no harm," April 2). Let's look at two issues. First, effective management of risks (of long-term chemical contamination of groundwater, environmental damage, road damage, etc.) through regulations. Did regulations stop the Exxon Valdez oil spill, or the disastrous oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico? Have they stopped air pollution, contamination of the Chesapeake Bay, illegal fishing or Medicare fraud? We could go on. The...