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Safe Fracking ‘Simply Not Possible’: Ex-Mobil VP

A former executive vice president of Mobil Oil is urging New York State to ban hydraulic fracturing, arguing that a fracked well requires 50 to 100 times the water and chemicals used in conventional oil and gas drilling. “Making fracking safe is simply not possible, not with the current technology, or with the inadequate regulations being proposed,” Louis Allstadt told an Albany news conference last week. Allstadt noted that methane, a less common but much more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, leaks from fracked wells “at far greater rates than were previously estimated.” (h/t to The Energy Mix subscriber Diane Beckett for pointing us to this story)

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