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Robert Gardner’s April 22 letter (“Fracking Is Bad for Parks and Wildlife”) makes sweeping claims about the dangers of natural gas drilling in state forests. He assumes drilling will “poison and destroy” state forest land without showing one shred of evidence. That’s surprising considering drilling has taken place in some form on state forest land since 1947 and horizontal drilling since 2008.

Again Mr. Gardner fails to provide context when he laments the number of acres that have been disturbed by well pads and roads. The estimated 8,400 acres impacted by drilling total less than 1 percent of state forest land.

Mr. Gardner also ignores any mention of the many environmental regulations drillers must follow, and the decision to place some 800,000 acres off limits due to their fragile ecosystems.

Resource extraction in our forests should be carefully considered, but the discussion should focus on facts and past experiences, not scare tactics.

ELIZABETH STELLE
Senior Policy Analyst
Commonwealth Foundation
Harrisburg

The writer lives in New Castle.


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