...and many animals are falling ill outside of fracking zones.
Even your own quotation admits that...:
...scientists have yet to isolate cause and effect
Then, as is conveniently and unambiguously admitted: there is no established connection between sick animals and the fracking as a cause. It reminds
of the many years and research dollars trying to pin EMF "ill effects" on high-power tension lines, ill-effects from using microwave ovens,
ill-effects from holding a cell phone up to your ear, etc, etc., etc.
Well, gee - there seems to be no problem anymore driving, walking, or living near a power line (and nobody want to lose their source of electricity).
And have you reduced your use of your microwave oven - doubt it: too convenient and, um, nobody has been able to show anyone have gotten ill from
it's use. Gotten rid of your cell phone? seriously doubt that one. In fact you probably have bought cell phones for all your kids and family
members - who does NOT use a cell phone these days. Oh - but "they" say it can make you sick! So get rid of it. No? Hmmm... wonder why not?
The article, of course, immediately after saying that scientists have found no connection, IN THE SAME SENTENCE, than conveniently adds:
...many suspect chemicals used in drilling and hydrofracking (or “fracking”) operations are poisoning animals through the air, water or
Ahhh - the elusive "they", cousins the "the many". WHO ARE THESE "many"? Couldn't it be equally declared that "many" do NOT suspect a
connection. No - that would be too honest, too fair.
Look - don't flame me on this. I know people will be itching to jump all in my case about it. I'm not saying there is no connection.
very well MIGHT be. But we have no proof yet and even the highly educated, dedicated scientists ON THE SIDE OF A CONNECTION haven't established
such a connection yet.
What I'm arguing against is jumping to conclusions, using all sorts of sensationalist, alarmist language, and especially the fallacies in logical
argument ("they" say, "many" think, "...no connection, BUT").
This is simply meant to scare people, get them to react to a fictitious, unsubstantiated connection that nobody has established yet.
p.s. Dec 21, 2012 is coming in a few weeks! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!!