Fracking is not proven to be safe in the long term by any means. The potential environmental and health risks that is presents far outweigh any "benefits". On the other hand it has been proven to contaminate wells, livestock, water supplies and pose cancer risks.
We are not the Saudi Arabia of gas theres only enough gas us to last 20 years in the whole country. Tennessees most valuable asset looking into the future is our clean water and diverse natural habitats, let's not ruin it and our health for a few jobs that will disappear after a few years.
You would think that our community would know better than any other the environmental and economic issues that extraction industries create. You don't have to wander far from Chattanooga to stumble upon abandoned wells and the pollution that they have left behind.