I love water. I love to drink it more than cold beer. I love to stand under it for too long sometimes with a bar of soap. I like to wash dishes, fruits, vegetables, dogs and babies in it. I like to watch it run on my plants in the garden. It’s fun to swim, raft and fish in water. Without it we would die in only a few days.
Today I learned that Fort Worth City Manager, Brian Boerner, is a new hero of his city because he’s standing up to Big Oil by promoting a permanent ban on dumping polluted gas drilling waste inside the city limits of Fort Worth.
Fort Worth residents are gleeful because they won’t have to worry about the polluted water being pumped into the ground near their homes. They laugh because oil and gas will have to spend more money to transport the “toxic soup” to another location.
But where will it go?
It will, of course, come to Wise County and be pumped into the 30 permitted commercial injection wells that are near our homes unless our county commissioners get proactive and do something now to prevent this. I suggest we all give them a call and see what they intend to do to protect our water.
About Sharon Wilson
Sharon Wilson is considered a leading citizen expert on the impacts of shale oil and gas extraction. She is the go-to person whether it’s top EPA officials from D.C., national and international news networks, or residents facing the shock of eminent domain and the devastating environmental effects of natural gas development in their backyards.
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