The daily STEW (Star-Telegram Editorial Writers): Tarrant Regional Water District board member Mary Kelleher wants the board to hold in-depth discussions on whether natural gas drilling, hydraulic fracturing and wastewater disposal wells place water supplies in danger. Are you worried about these issues, and do you want the TRWD board to take a leadership role in airing them?
Absolutely. The main difference in water used for fracking vs. virtually every other use is that frack water is permanently removed from the water cycle. It’s insane what we have allowed them to do. Katie Martinez
There’s no need for more idle discussion and fear mongering. We already know it is virtually impossible for drilling and fracking to contaminate ground water. The deepest water wells are 1,000 feet or less. Fracking occurs at 8,000 feet. David Hallum
While I agree that fear mongering is counter-productive, there does need to be further scientific study into fracking. The University of Texas at Arlington has a preliminary study showing elevated levels of arsenic and other heavy metals in groundwater near fracking sites in the Barnett Shale. Michael Hathoot
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There’s certainly a danger in depleting water supplies by devoting a precious resource to fracking, in the face of ever-increasing population. Citizens are asked to conserve water. For what? To throw it away fracking? Mark Alan Rush
Yes, I’m worried about fracking, and I wish someone would take a leadership role in investigating and regulating. Judy Alter
It’s a reasonable question to ask. They aren’t going to ban gas drilling. Let’s make sure we are doing everything possible to protect our water supply. Jason C.N. Smith
Who in Dallas backed [Mary Kelleher’s] campaign so heavily? Dorothy Spriggs
Boy, the gas folks did not let grass grow under their feet. I don’t care how Mary got elected — she is usually the lone voice of sanity on that board. Go for it! Carol Eicher