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Letters to the Editor

September 7, 2012

Letters to the Editor: September 7, 2012

Water is too precious to allow fracking

We are blessed to live in an area that is not only physically beautiful, but which has quality land for growing crops, hard and soft wood forests for harvesting wood, and abundant water to nourish the land and the life that depends on it. It would be tempting to believe that this will always be so.

I think we could all agree that this has been an unusual year, weather-wise. A mild winter with little snow, followed by dry, hot weather have left our streams dry, our lakes low, and our wells struggling to keep up with our daily demands for water.

We read of devastating droughts in the West and Midwest _ so much so that we can expect prices of just about everything to go up and stay up until the next growing season when hopefully (but is it just wishful thinking?), things will improve.

But it couldn't happen here, could it? Then I read in today's Daily Star: "Officials urge residents to limit water usage." Why? Because we are experiencing a "moderate drought," according to weather officials.

Turns out, it could happen here. Our greatest resource, water, is more limited than we think. (It doesn't help that so much of it travels downstate, but that's another story.)

In light of this, it might be wise to ask ourselves these questions: How much water does it take to frack a gas well? How many gas wells are we potentially looking at? Even if fracking is "safe," how much water will be contaminated by the process, and therefore unavailable for other uses? Water is a fundamental necessity of life. Gas is not.

Susan R. Burdsall


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