Scientist not qualified to speak on fracking

As a Ph.D. petroleum reservoir engineer and geologist having spent 30 years in petroleum reservoir modeling, assessment and fluid flow analysis, I was both shocked and angered by Tom Myers’ absurd theory that fracturing fluids could communicate to the groundwater (“Two new reports back fears of fracking contamination,” Herald, May 6). His previous scurrilous work at the bequest of Natural Resources Defense Council for comments on the December 2009 New York environmental impact statement was equally flawed.

First of all, Myers is a hydrologist, not a reservoir engineer or petroleum geologist, and his permeability, gradient assumptions and lack of capillary force mechanism understanding demonstrates this disconnect between the topic and expertise.

The issue should not even be a topic of discussion in the news media as it is implausible that fracture fluid could reach a groundwater reservoir, it cannot be reproduced in reservoir-simulation models using realistic inputs, and after fracture stimulating over a million wells, no instances of groundwater contamination from hydraulic fracturing have occurred.

This is simply the latest in the long list of science fiction perpetrated on the populace from nonexperts posing as authorities and funded by political, rather than objective, scientific societies.

Scott Cline

Stanley, N.Y.

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