Well, this sounds all well (no pun intended) and good, except for one small thing.
If safe drinking water is a worry, and more is apparently needed, why have local authorities allowed the natural gas industry to come into the area and suck millions of gallons of water out of the river every single day?Every gas well requires anywhere from one to seven million gallons of water per hydro-frack, and each well can be fracked multiple times in order to produce the maximum volume of gas. It is no secret that many problems have occurred in the water wells of local residents since the deep gas wells have been drilled in the last few years. So the water supply, springs, aquifers, are being compromised as we speak. Yet local authorities have supported the consumptive use of precious water in order to supply Chesapeake Energy, Talisman, and other gas corporations, who have as their primary goal making millions and billions of dollars while
The Susquehanna River has its own life cycle. It is higher in the spring, lower in times of drought. There are regulations in place presumably which monitor water levels. However, it would seem to me that, if there is a shortage of water at the present time, and has been a worry for more than a decade, it follows that no private business should be allowed to use enormous amounts of water, especially since this water can never be returned to the hydrologic cycle. This water tainted by the gas industry is gone forever. Where will this lead?
Should not water, a finite resource, be used in responsible ways for the good of people, especially since water is necessary for sustaining life?I think that the TMA is ignoring the elephant in the room. If there is a serious water shortage problem, stop giving the gas industry carte blanche. Put people first. We can't drink natural gas. We need water. Help us conserve our water supply. Stop gas drilling!
|Our Dear Susquehanna River
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