In regard to your article "More not-so-good news from Hagan," it is very easy to get caught up in the potential of the hydraulic fracturing industry.
The possibility of jobs and the economic impact are obvious. But is it wise to only see what is hoped is there while ignoring possible detriment that could be irreversible? The earthquakes that have occurred are not just coincidental. They could easily be a warning of mother earth, one that should be taken very seriously.
If we allow ourselves to see the absolute best possible outcome why can't we consider the opposite? At the worst, who is going to be responsible for the incredible damage and destruction that could result from more powerful and more frequent earthquakes here? If such a thing occurs, can we guarantee any way to solve the problem once it's created and a way to undo the results?
Long thought and consideration is prudent when it comes to decisions that cannot be undone. To be blinded by riches and rush in is foolish and unsafe. It's like teenage lovers who want to get married immediately, if it is true love it will wait. They cannot see why they should not hesitate with their plans because they lack the maturity to understand if it is truly something that is a worthy endeavor time will not hurt their decision.
Let's not be so blinded by riches as not to take the time to err on the side of caution and safety for all of our homes and families. That should be the number one priority.
Brian K. Robinson