To the editor:
Operations like the Bakken and Marcellus Shale fields have environmental consequences that could outweigh the benefit of the relatively few jobs they create.
The May 4 issue of The Week magazine reports that "In 2009, 50 minor quakes rattled the center of the continent; last year, 134 did." Water supplies have been affected, as shown in the movie "Gasland", and on the national news, where kitchen tap water was ignited with a lighter.
There was a time when our species survived without fossil fuel, but our current energy demand is reducing supplies and causing environmental deterioration. Old cemeteries have been buried by mountaintop removal in West Virginia.
The Transition movement, begun in 2005, describes ways to make the change from oil dependency to local resilience. This began in England has has spread around the world, and most recently to Keene NH. You can Google Transition Network.