The final interview with George Mitchell, father of fracking

George Mitchell, 2009 photo

The United States is producing more of its own energy these days than ever.

That's due in no small part to what's come to be called "fracking." It's not without controversy, but today we pause to remember the father of that technology, George Mitchell, who died today at 94.

Marketplace's Scott Tong was the last person to interview George Mitchell back in December of last year.

You can listen to it here.

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Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of Marketplace, public radio’s program on business and the economy.
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George won't be around to see the effects of fracking. Narrow minded thinking will never see all of the repurcussions . Sure we need an abundance of energy in this country, but shouldn't we make sure that all production of energy is safe. There are many doubts about fracking, and it would be prudent to consider them. There are harmful effects from using all of that water, mixing it with toxic chemicals, pumping it into the ground under high pressure, recovering the contaminated water and then disposing of the recovered water in dry wells or other surface water disposal sites.

What good is an abundance of natural gas and oil from fracking if our precious drinking water supplies are used up and/or contaminated by the fracking process. If we let big energy be the judge of fracking safety, of course they will say that it is safe. There is a direct conflict of interest since they are prospering from the fracking proliferation.

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