I would like to comment on the article by Mike Verespej on gas drilling (“Associations team up to support gas drilling,” May 1, Page 1).
I do not feel there is any reason to give the oil companies free rein in their drilling practices. I have worked in the oil fields (some time ago, granted). However, a tiger does not change his stripes much.
What they do, and how they do it, must be directed (safety, toxic materials, ground water). They only care about that hole in the ground. Period.
I left that area of work after being almost killed — twice — one summer due to them not following the rules.