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Catholic Moral Concerns on Fracking

December 20th, 2013

Anti-fracking protest in Pittsburg, photo: Marcellus Protest/Creative Commons.

Anti-fracking protest in Pittsburg, photo: Marcellus Protest/Creative Commons.

Catholic News Service has a good article on fracking that looks at the church’s contribution to the discussion about this rapidly expanding source of energy in the U.S. Catholic social teaching focuses on the importance of protecting creation and promoting the common good, and the emphasis in this debate has been on the moral concerns.

Some bishops have raised concerns. While not supporting a ban, Bishop Paul D. Etienne of Cheyenne, Wyo., president of Catholic Rural Life, said he harbors deep concerns over fracking. “I think the public needs more information than is presently being provided about the chemicals in this mix that is being injected into the earth to release the gas and oil,” he told Catholic News Service.

The bishop also expressed apprehension about the amount of water fracking requires, especially in parts of the country where water is a precious commodity.

Learn more. Read the Catholic News Service article: Catholic voices raise moral concerns in country’s fracking debate.

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