Urban legend scare story. Everything and anything can kill you. There is no total safety guarantee, government regs or no. Don’t move off your couch. You might die. IF you don’t move off your couch you might die. Good luck.
While I am sick of the Left’s full frontal assault on this nation, facking DOES cause issues (though I’m not saying the initial post falls in that category).
Right here in Arkansas - in the “Fayetteville Shale Fields”, there are landowners who have had reliable and good clean wells for a very long time - that once gas drilling with the accompanying fracturing came along, their wells went from good water to water with definite oily residue, off-color sediment, strong sulfur smell, and really awful taste. Others, even relatively closer to the drilling sites have had no change in their well water.
But the point is - it CAN cause troubles (we are dealing with semi-unpredictable layers of rock). Maybe some of those folks with the spoiled wells were close to having troubles anyway - who knows, but regardless, it is hard to ignore it when wells turn bad so quickly after being clean for so long.
WE have to get our energy from somewhere - and windmills can only provide so much from a practical standpoint. WE must utilize the energy sources God gave us -in as reasonable and safe a manner as we can. Going cheap on safety equipment while drilling 5000+ foot wells in the Gulf is a bad idea. Widespread drilling and fracking also has risks. But the option is to just sell what little remains of our national sovereignty and way of life and join the 3rd world. What will it be?