published Friday, November 9th, 2012

Put an end to 'fracking' and other letters to the editors

Put an end to 'fracking'

Attention those living in the Tennessee region. Take a lighter or match and turn on your faucet while holding the flame to the water. If your water catches fire, then your water has been subjected to heavy contamination thanks to the process known as hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking." Fracking involves pumping large amounts of water, gas and toxic chemicals at a high pressure into the ground to extract shale gas from shale rock formations, used for natural gas. Drilling in Tennessee on the Chattanooga Shale has created serious threats to ground and surface water contamination. A case study by the Harpeth River Watershed Association says in many places, the Chattanooga Shale is separated from the water supply by just 100 feet.

Despite recent attempts in the House of Representatives to force the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to more stringent guidelines, they've been largely unregulated.

Proposed TDEC rules say public notice will only be required for wells with 200,000 gallons of water or more, which is hardly ever the case. Fracking already has caused environmental damage in the United States. Now they want to move it here. Do we really want to risk our health? Contact your House representative to help put an end to this catastrophe.


Art education highly beneficial

A great emphasis is put on the arts in Chattanooga, therefore without such things as the sculptures and artwork found throughout the city or the art district downtown our lovely city would be dull and boring.

Our public schools without the arts incorporated into our children's learning would also be lacking in life and spirit. Unfortunately, after the No Child Left Behind Act, art was considered unimportant and unnecessary. It became optional when it really needed to be required due to all of the benefits that come from art.

Art helps to develop cognitive skills, critical thinking skills, problem-solving skills, language skills, self-discipline, cultural appreciation, and goal-setting skills. Also, young people who participate in art are four times more likely to be recognized for an academic achievement, elected to class office, participate in a math or science fair, and win an award for writing.

Furthermore, it improves attendance and participation in class. At-risk youth show signs of improvement when enrolled in art programs as well.

To support art in public schools and art programs, you can visit or enroll your loved ones or yourself in an art class to enjoy the benefits of art education.


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RShultz210 said...

Mr. Carver your claims concerning the problems associated with hydraulic fracturing are wildly exaggerated. Your citation of only one case study by an obscure environmental organization, the results of which are obviously skewed in favor of their view, is ludicrous. There has not been one proven instance of tap water in the U.S. being made flammable by byproducts that can be linked to fracking. On top of that, the vast majority of the upper Devonian shales of the Appalachian Basin, notably the Chattanooga shale, are at depths that are much greater than the freshwater aquifers from which we obtain our drinking water, and are hydraulically isolated from them. It is quite simple to just avoid drilling in the few places where it is somewhat closer to the freshwater aquifers as their locations are known with some degree of accuracy. And, in any case, even though it decreases the amount of natural gas which may be recovered, it is possible to use only plain water as the fracking fluid and only silicate sand as the proppant. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, these shales contain 12.2 trillion cubic feet of badly needed natural gas which will help us overcome our dependence on foreign fossil fuels and help our economy to recover in spite of the current administration’s insistence on pursuing prohibitively expensive “alternative” energy boondoggles like solar and wind. It has NOT been proven that fracking does as much damage as environmentalists claim it does, and it HAS been proven that it provides us an economically feasible way to get at the vast, dependable energy reserves that we have.

November 9, 2012 at 1:07 p.m.

It has NOT been proven that fracking does as little damage industry groups claim it does, and the thing about using those energy reserves is that eventually you run out.

Not that "badly needed" natural gas is accurate. Rather the opposite.

We still need a comprehensive strategy for energy utilization, and I'd be just as happy if we could find a way to stop being dependent on the Middle East.

November 9, 2012 at 1:41 p.m.
tderng said...

happy...eventually the reserves will run out,maybe in a couple of hundred years. Do you have so little faith that a renewable source can be found by then? If so,America needs to quit wasting money on failure now. We could be energy independent now if our leaders had the cajones to force the energy companies to keep their oil,gas,etc in this country instead of putting it on the world market. There are enough reserves to last several hundred years if it is kept here in America.

On a similar topic I don't understand why we don't build a refinery in the north near the Canadian tar sands instead of building a pipeline all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. Seems it would be cheaper in the short term and more convenient in the long term.

November 9, 2012 at 5:52 p.m.

Well, if you want to propose that nationalization, go ahead, but it won't solve the real problem, which is the reserves running out.

I'd rather invest in other options than start a global-trade disrupting war.

I believe the speculation about that pipeline which goes to the Gulf of Mexico because the ships would have an easier time getting into the world supply.

November 9, 2012 at 7:47 p.m.
aae1049 said...

Given the state of math and sciences in public education, I would differ the pottery class as an optional pursuit. It is math and sciences that need work, and dumping tax dollars in Allied Arts for the 6 figure CEO equals waste of public money. You do the math.

November 9, 2012 at 9:44 p.m.

It's certainly useful to teach people to make things they can use.

Admittedly, I think a 3D printer would be more topical, that can be a considerable investment, though I admit, I don't know how it compares to a kiln.

November 9, 2012 at 10:01 p.m.
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