JOHN E. Sununu (“Natural gas isn’t PC, but it’s the future,’’ Op-ed, Oct. 24) is wrong about where we should seek the future of energy. Climate scientists oppose further development of coal and tar sands for good reasons. However, fracking shale gas, or hydraulic fracturing, leads to health effects that stem from breathing air and drinking groundwater contaminated by the toxic stew of chemicals used to release shale gas, well known to ranchers in the West for more than two decades.
Fracking shale gas now threatens tens of millions who depend on the Delaware River watershed. The shale gas industry refuses to divulge the chemicals used in fracking, and the documented degradation of land, water resources, and human health that results is nothing less than an egregious violation of human rights.
The United States is desperate for an energy policy that does not feature shale gas, coal, or tar sands as an alternative to dwindling petroleum reserves.
The writers are geology professors at Bentley University.