An essential element of a viable democracy is that its citizens be accurately informed, and that, once informed, they actively participate in the process of decision making. I fully believe that when the people of this nation have the information they need, they will make good choices.
Many are concerned that the process of hydraulic fracturing to obtain natural gas from deep within the earth's surface may be a threat to the purity and availability of our water supply. The question is, should the present method to obtain natural gas be allowed to continue until good information is available to permit the public to make a good choice?
What do we know at this time? We know that natural gas is a much cleaner alternative than coal or oil. We know that the supply of gas available in our nation represents the amount of potential energy equal to the remaining supply of oil in Saudi Arabia's reserves. The largest deposit is in the Marcellus Shale in our eastern states. Other large shale deposits are being explored in Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, in the Four Corners area, and yes, in California. That is the good news.