This is the final “Hot Air” in a series about “fracking”—a process used to extract natural gas from shale—and its potential impact on Connecticut. The first column gave a general introduction to fracking and mentioned a bill now pending before the Connecticut General Assembly to bar fracking wastewater from disposal here. The second considered the environmental problems of such disposal. The third—this one—discusses new approaches to solving the problems of fracking wastewater disposal.
“The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.” This statement was made by Einstein during the 1940s in reference to nuclear war; these days, it has been applied to environmental problems. Following Einstein, how could we think at a different level about the problems of fracking wastewater disposal?