POWER POINT TEXT – TIFFIN OH, 01/16/14

1.    FRACKING – AN OVERVIEW
Al Rosenfield
Energy Specialist
League of Women Voters of Ohio
alanpeg@alum.mit.edu
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2.BACKGROUND – LWVO WEB SITE
Go to http://lwvohio.org/, Click on “Issues and Advocacy”, then click on “Fracking” on the drop-down menu.
Why Fracking by Al Rosenfield
Fracking: An Issue Brief for LWVO Members by Kristin Vessey
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3. Fracking is a NECESSARY Evil
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4. USES OF NATURAL GAS
About one-third share each
*    Generating electricity -rising
*    Industrial applications – rising
*    Residential plus Commercial – steady
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5.    CONSERVATION
Residential & Commercial Heating
Energy-efficient Electrical Equipment
Industrial Efficiency Gains
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6.    ELECTRICITY GENERATION
 Fossil fuels – about 70%, unchanged from 1999
Non-Greenhouse Gas Generators
    Nuclear – 20%
    Renewables – about 12%
        Hydroelectric – about 8%
        Wind, etc. – about 5%
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7.    ELECTRICITY- FUTURE PROSPECTS
•    NUCLEAR – Current decline; later recovery?
•    RENEWABLES – May double in 10 – 15 years
*    FOSSIL FUELS – Will likely maintain dominant position for foreseeable future
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8.    WHY FRACKING
 

•    The alternative of natural gas for electricity is coal
•    Gas is probably cleaner than coal
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9. Fracking is a Necessary EVIL
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 10.    FRACKING RELEASES NOXIOUS AND UNSAFE MATERIALS INTO THE ENVIRONMENT
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 11. FRACKING PROBLEMS
 •    ENVIRONMENTAL (Pollution from noxious and volatile chemicals, Excessive noise)
•    INFRASTRUCTURE (Damage to water supply, Damage to roads)
•    LOCATION (Proximity to homes, schools, hospitals, etc., Proximity to earthquake faults)
•    BOOM and BUST Economy
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 12. OBSTACLES TO FRACKING CONTROL
 •    Lack of local control
nbsp;   Lack of citizen input into decision making
    Industry historically insensitive to the environment
    Industry secretive
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13. THE DILEMMA
•    Advocates argue economics
•    Opponents argue environment
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 14.    LWVUS RESOLUTION (2010)
“(S)upport and lobby for significant strengthening of appropriate regulation, oversight, inspection,
and penalties associated with the development of fossil fuel resources.”
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15.    BASIS FOR ADVOCACY
 Fracking needs to be done with proper attention to public health and safety
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16.    LWVO ADVOCACY
 •    Siting (Locations of operations away from critical areas)
•    Regulation (More complete testing and analysis)
•    Public Input/Awareness
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 17.    EXAMPLE LWVO ACTIVITIES
Federal: Nuclear Regulatory Commission letter – radioactive material disposal questions
State: Legislative Testimony
Local: E-Mail Distribution
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18.    WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS
•    Fracking will continue
•    Opposition will continue
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