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June 13, 2012

Re "Let's get the truth about fracking," Column, June 10

Michael Hiltzik's column on hydraulic fracking brought to the surface the despicable practice of energy companies maximizing profit at any price.

The bottom line has no ethics and apparently neither do the company managers who try to hide the environmental impact of extracting oil and natural gas using the method Hiltzik describes. It's almost comical that they won't disclose the chemicals they use in fracking, obviously because these same chemicals are poisoning water supplies.

Widespread poisoning of the water supply may not qualify as a "crime against humanity," but it should.

Richard Parr

Santa Monica

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