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Ban fracking to protect water

| Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, 9:00 p.m.

Recently I've been saddened that we are shortsighted and still allow industry to contaminate our life-sustaining natural resources. But I was encouraged when Gov. Tom Wolf made folks in the Delaware River Basin safer by stopping fracking in their watershed. Bravo!

The justification is scientifically sound: Fracking pollutes drinking water. The frack-free Delaware Basin is safe — but what about the rest of us? If fracking pollutes the Delaware River, then it also pollutes our rivers.

We have a right to clean water just as much as those in the Delaware Basin. In Southwestern Pennsylvania right now, nearly 50 fracked wells sit within a stone's throw of the Beaver Run Reservoir, where more than 100,000 people get water.

Companies have been allowed to frack near homes with well water and rivers that supply Pittsburgh. When these industrial sites leak, they will destroy our drinking water.

Fracking is a heavily polluting industrial activity that is not compatible with residential or agricultural areas. Jobs from fracking are unpredictable, and the industry may never deliver the local jobs promised. State income from a severance tax is unreliable and will never pay for homes without clean water.

We need a moratorium on fracking to protect our water.

Dorothy T. Hufford


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