The Environmental Defense Fund recently announced its support for hydraulic fracturing.
Well known for its support of clean air and healthy environment, Mark Brownstein, its chief counsel wrote a blog post that summarizes the EDF’s support as a move to eliminate coal.
In his blog he pointed out the reasons to back natural gas as a cleaner alternative. The three reasons are:
- Fracking is already a common, widespread practice
- On balance, they’d rather see natural gas-powered electricity plans than coal-powered ones. “We are glad to see these coal plants go,” he says. Plus, natural gas is the feedstock for chemicals, pharmaceuticals and fertilizer, and for direct heating and cooling
- Any potential hazards can be regulated. “Effective oversight and enforcement with the necessary financial and human resources [can] make [regulations] real.
Brownstein said that although many environmental groups expect the EDF to join the demand for moratoriums on drilling and fracking, the organization is instead working to promote responsible development and production in the natural gas industry.
“Demand for natural gas is not going away, and neither is hydraulic fracturing. We must be clear-eyed about this, and fight to protect public health and the environment from unacceptable impacts. We must also work hard to put policies in place that ensure that natural gas serves as an enabler of renewable power generation, not an impediment to it. We fear that those who oppose all natural gas production everywhere are, in effect, making it harder for the U.S. economy to wean itself from dirty coal,” Brownstein said.
To read Brownstein’s blog entry in its entirety, visit the EDF blog here.