Saturday, November 12, 2011
A letter from a Fort Worth resident to the City Council.
We're on the edge of our seat, awaiting their response.
For years the Gas Drilling Industry has assured you and me that drilling is perfectly safe and the aquifers are 100% protected from the industry contaminating them.
What if they are wrong?
Fort Worth Mayor and City Council
There are very few aquifers in this area and if one or more is contaminated where do we get water to drink? There is not an answer for that. We don't have extra water sources and even the ones we have now are depleted to a dangerous low. If an aquifer is contaminated, will the drilling company supply us with water to drink, bath and wash our cars? That is not very likely, in fact they will stall and remind everyone that the gas drilling industry is protected by the U.S. Government, because they (the gas drilling industry) are exempt from the clean air and water act. Right now our political leaders are taking risks with our water supply without a back-up plan with absolutely no alternate plan for the residents.
Back to my original question, what if the Industry is wrong? It seems they are wrong more and more often and this isn't something that can be fixed. Of course their response is always the same, well, there isn't any documented proof. The industry says it wont happen.
The EPA has proof it has already happened.
Human error occurs, mechanical things wear out and break, earthquakes happen, lightening and tornadoes happen, companies take short-cuts. Things happen.
Once an aquifer is contaminated with drilling chemicals that contain cancer causing compounds the aquifer is destroyed. There is no fix, there is no re-do and, I am sorry from politicians will not be acceptable.
There are three things that are absolute needs for humans, one is air, then water along with food, which also requires water and air.
There is only one water and there is no replacement.. We must protect it at all cost, because Water is priceless.