In confirmation hearings, would-be Energy Secretary praises hydrofracking

On behalf of Rock Palermo of Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson, LLC posted in Oil and Gas on April 10, 2013.

We have been following the nomination process for U.S. Energy Department secretary Ernest Moniz and have come across some concerning things that we think it is important Lake Charles readers know about.

In addition to being unusually upbeat about coal mining and coal-fired powered plants, which many environmentalists deplore as a source of serious pollution, Moniz also seems to be quite comfortable with the direction our country is taking with hydrofracking.

As you can probably gather from our previous posts on this blog, we think hydrofracking in a runaway industry that is being allowed to crush landowners' rights and soil our natural landscapes from coast to coast. We do think it has potential as a source of domestically produced energy, but the way we are allowing it be carried out now poses more harm than good.

Moniz, however, seems quite interested in hydrofracking. He said it has been a "revolution" that has changed the way the U.S. meets its energy needs. That's true, of course, but it does not seem he meant that in anything but a positive way.

Moniz also called himself an "all of the above" person, which we take to mean he believes a variety of energy approaches are necessary to meet the U.S.'s needs.

Moniz has not been confirmed yet, let alone begun his job, so judging him at this point is premature. It is also true that nominees often make vague, measured and positive-sounding statements during the confirmation hearings because they do not want to seem controversial or risky. Even keeping that all in mind, it seems to us it would be good to keep tabs on Moniz and maybe even let him know that hydrofracking causes a great concern to many U.S. residents.

Source: The Washington Times, "Ernest Moniz, Obama energy secretary nominee, lauds fracking 'revolution,'" Ben Wolfgang, April 9, 2013

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