Letters to the Editor

H.L. Harbett: Water paramount

Regarding the Dec. 21 editorial, “ Wait on fracking”: In the debate over the pros and cons of hydraulic fracturing, fracking, foremost in my mind has been the use of millions of gallons of our most precious resource, water.

To accomplish the fracking process, the water must be injected with chemicals, which are not not required to be named, but for all intents and purposes render the water unsafe for any use.

I am reminded of several years in the past when the state experienced severe droughts. There is no guarantee that will not happen again and again. How can we justify our use of water for fracking? Once the water is contaminated with fracking fluids, it can never be used again. Do we really want to go down this path?

I hope our governor and state legislators will take a second look at this and, as the editorial suggests, postpone the decision to begin fracking until more is known about the long-term effects of this process and until a foolproof containment of the fracking fluid has been developed.

Water purity and safety should be foremost in all of our minds.

H.L. Harbett