Saturday, January 8, 2011

Review scores

Credit should be given when it is deserved. Despite our past criticisms of the Hampshire Review, the paper deserves credit for its decision to publish reporter Marla Pisciotta's excellent article, "Marcellus well drilling banned in two states--so far," in its latest weekly edition (1/5/11). The article is a warts-and-all introduction to the process and politics of hydraulic fracture, or "fracking," used to draw natural gas from the Marcellus Shale region, which includes Hampshire County.

Unfortunately, the article is buried at the bottom of page 2, and doesn't appear (that I could find, anyway) in the online edition of the paper.

You can send a letter to the editor thanking them for paying attention to this issue, congratulating Marla for her public service, or expressing whatever other natural reaction you may have to this information at

--Michael Hasty

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