Just Saying ‘Halliburton’ is Not an Argument

By November 12, 2009Energy, Regulations

A letter refuting the fact-challenged New York Times editorial that attacked the hydrofracturing technology used to develop natural gas.

To the Editor:

“The Halliburton Loophole” (editorial, Nov. 3), about hydraulic fracturing, dismisses a 60-year record of safety with the utterance of a single word: Halliburton.

Regulation of fracturing, a natural gas drilling process in use since the 1940s, has always been left to the states, not the Environmental Protection Agency. The Times endorses legislation that it says will “restore” E.P.A. authority over the process. But how can you restore something to the E.P.A. that it never had in the first place?

The campaign to empower the E.P.A. with authority over fracturing is an effort to shut down the process in its entirety.

That’s why The Times supports it, and why the rest of New York shouldn’t.

Lee Fuller
Washington, Nov. 3, 2009

The writer is senior policy adviser for Energy in Depth, a coalition of oil and natural gas producers.

So the thesis upon which the Times editorial was built was wrong. Seems like it should warrant an actual correction.

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