The daily STEW (Star-Telegram Editorial Writers): One researcher says the billions of gallons of water used for hydraulic fracturing of natural gas wells in Texas is “not much in the grand scheme of the water cycle,” while another group says it’s “causing serious water competition challenges.” What do you think?
When West Texas towns are having to resort to reclaimed sewer water, every drop fracking sucks up seems irresponsible. Jake Laird
The gas and oil industry make huge profits. Pipe in salt water from the Gulf and leave the fresh water alone. Derek Lee Snow
Hmmm, they should have to pay for the water and pay the people whose water supply they have contaminated! And we’re in a three-year drought! Danielle Oliver
Ask Lake Granbury residents if they think fracking water demands have affected their lifestyles and livelihood. Melissa Roberts
It’s part of the reason Granbury is devastated. The Brazos River Authority claims record drought but continues to sell it at pre-drought rates, while petitioning TCEQ for a 50 precent increase in current allotment. Property values are already dropping (had my tax appraisal reduced 17 percent last year). Daniel Astalas
I think all companies waste water. Then utility organizations tell the private sector to conserve. So what’s up with that? Steven Perry
The funny (no, sad) part of this issue is that many of the people that complain about the water and fracking are the same people demanding more use of natural gas — the CLEAN FUEL.
Texas has been sparring with both Oklahoma and Mexico over water recently, as well as trying to recover from staggering drought the past decade. Yet we refuse to impose permanent watering restrictions or find new ways to conserve the most valuable resource we have. Robert C. Rangel