Former Obama official: Fracking never been an environmental problem by Ryan Holeywell, February 5, 2014, Fuel Fix
Former U.S. Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar said Wednesday morning that he believes [Where is the documented evidence to prove it?] hydraulic fracturing is safe, and the energy industry should work to convince the public that it doesn’t pose a safety threat.
Salazar spoke in Houston at the North American Prospect Expo, a three-day conference where landowners from around the globe look to make deals with oil, gas and pipeline companies. … “From my opinion and from what I’ve seen … I believe hydraulic fracking is, in fact, safe,” Salazar said. [Where did he look, what did he read and more importantly, not read?]
Salazar said the oil and gas industry must work to educate the public of the technology and “make sure people are not scared.”
“We know that, from everything we’ve [The law firm that advises energy companies?] seen, there’s not a single case where hydraulic fracking has created an environmental problem for anyone,” Salazar said. “We need to make sure that story is told.”
Salazar represented Colorado in the senate for four years before joining the cabinet in 2009. After leaving the Interior Department last year, he joined the law firm WilmerHale, which advises companies in the energy sector.
The former cabinet official also hinted that the energy industry may be to blame for some of the opposition to fracking, citing some companies’ reluctance to disclose the chemical makeup of the liquids they use in the process. He said people are scared of the unknown and suggested more disclosure could ease some of those concerns. … “We’re creating a secure world for ourselves and for our children,” he said. “It doesn’t matter whether you’re in Ohio or Pennsylvania or California or right here at this convention in Houston,” he said. “Letting people know this kind of information … is very important for us.” [Emphasis added]
[Refer also to: