I would like to respond to the letter from Fred Flaxman [“How Do We Know If Fracking Chemicals are Safe?” Aug. 27, Xpress].
Fracking chemicals are no secret. Anyone can go to FracFocus.org and learn all the chemicals used in all the mines. Companies are required to use safe chemicals. What is secret is the formula they use. They are not required to disclose this, but the formulas have to consist of the safe chemicals.
It would be like asking Pepsi Cola or Dunkin’ Donuts to disclose its recipe or formula. These companies, as well as the mining companies, are required by law to list their ingredients or chemicals but not their recipe or formula.
When environmental companies want to get your attention, they do it by scaring you to death. There are many good sides to the issue. Fracking has been around since 1947 and has come a long way since then, in both safety and environmental issues. I am proud of the Republican legislators in Raleigh and their strong commitment to do the right thing concerning fracking.