Letters to the Editor

Fracking fracas

It unfair to call Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson a hypocrite simply because he objects to a tall water tower near his 83-acre horse ranch.

What would be fair, since Tillerson makes $40 million a year promoting hydraulic fracturing as clean and safe, would be if he had a dozen gas wells 600 feet from his front door, a retention pond by his barn, and some wastewater injection wells on his back forty.

Then, if Tillerson still professed hydraulic fracturing to be safe after his drinking water turned flammable, earthquakes damaged his foundation, frack water poisoned his horses, and toxic gas emissions sickened his family, he wouldn’t be called a hypocrite: He’d be called a fracking fool.

— Sharon Austry, Fort Worth