The Foreign Policy article “How a megaproject snafu could snarl U.S. gas exports” (Jan. 6) fretted about the harm that could be done to the export profits of oil and gas companies if efforts to enlarge the Panama Canal don’t speed up, but said nothing about the harm done to everyone else if gas exports increase. The words “fracking” and “climate change” did not appear, or any mention of the environmental damage done if we pull all that gas out of the ground and export it.
Fracking’s “serious environmental consequences,” per the Department of Energy, are a matter of record despite the industry’s penchant for requiring nondisclosure agreements in its legal settlements with the people it harms.
A single well requires up to 5 million gallons of water per year, irretrievably polluted by chemicals and acids. The main component of natural gas is methane, the most potent greenhouse gas.
In recent polling, 58 percent of California’s voters want a statewide moratorium on fracking.
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