Save Our Drinking Water
Save Our Drinking Water
The City of Akron is interested in selling for fracking the mineral rights to over 400 acres whereupon sits the reservoir that is Akron's drinking water.
They are asking a pittance of $230,000+ plus some royalties if any gas is found.
The people of Akron should own their drinking water and the rights thereof.
Fracking could potentially contaminate our drinking water, forever, with toxic substances, most of which the public is not even allowed to know about because the fracking companies don't have to tell us what their poisons are that they pump into the ground. Studies have shown that this toxic cocktail never goes away. So no matter what, those chemicals will be with us for all the future of Akron.
Health complications from fracked water is well documented in Pennsylvania, Texas, Wyoming and South Dakota. Akron already has horrific health disparities and outcomes for many of it's citizens, especially it's people of color, and most poor communities.
Our city and county recently declared racism a public health crisis. When our water becomes poisoned, the folks with enough means will move out of our city to the suburbs. And surely families will think twice about moving in. So once again the poorest, as well as several of our black communities will be hit the hardest.
On top of this, during a public health crisis, which will be lasting much longer than the summer, with some estimates even going at least into 2023, to potentially contaminate our drinking water is unconscionable. The city is already shutting off water services during a time when one of the best ways to slow the pandemic is washing hands and keeping cleanly and washed surfaces. Damaging our drinking water on top of that would add to an already out of control health crisis.
Not only that, in other states, fracking has produced sink holes and dramatic changes in the water table, leaving entire regions without water. This could happen. To our drinking water.
Ask Flint how much it costs to deliver bottled water to it's citizens everyday. How can a city exist without water? How can a city grow without water? How much will it cost Akron to find a new source of water?
The people of Akron need to own their drinking water and the rights associated with that land.
This is unnecessary and dangerous.