The burning drinking water is not the only problem, perhaps not even the main one. Joe Nocera:
Methane leakage is the Achilles’ heel of hydraulic fracturing. For all the fears that it might contaminate the water supply — a possibility, yes, but not likely — it is methane leakage that can moot the advantage of natural gas as a cleaner fuel than coal.
It is well established that when natural gas is combusted, it has both environmental and climate change benefits — starting with the fact that natural gas emits half the carbon of coal. But that advantage disappears when too much methane leaks during any part of the production process.
According to the Environmental Defense Fund, “Methane is at least 28 times more powerful than CO2 as a greenhouse gas over the longer term and at least 84 times more potent in the near term.”
More at the link.
By the way, the high here Monday was 73 Fahrenheits. In the middle of November.
My friend, who has lived in these parts for a long time, doesn’t really notice it because of having adjusted gradually, but I, who moved away and then came back, can attest that that is just not right.