July 2012 - Bloomberg - USDA Declares Disaster in 26 State as Drought Sears the Midwest. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-07-11/usda-declares-disaster-in-26-states-as-drought-sears-midwest.html
And billions of gallons of water withdrawals for fracking continue on a daily basis ? Because?????
Study shows fracking depletes the water supply http://news.yahoo.com/report-says-fracking-depletes-water-supply-233900377.html
We are parched - literally burning up in June 2012. Drinkable water is finite.
Farmers are repeatedly outbid at water-auctions by gas frackers. Our aquifers are depleting. Streams are drying up. Clean water is being contaminated. Are we choosing gas over food?
Billions of gallons of pure water are being withdrawn by the gas industry for fracking. Billions transformed into toxic waste which migrates underground - and comes up as toxic slurry that requires burial somewhere, further creating a polluting problem. July 2012 Mortgage companies won't insure homes near frack sites stating "risks are too grave". http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/pressreleases/if-fracking-is-too-dangerous-for-nationwide-insurance-its-too-dangerous-for-us-all/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+foodandwaterwatch%2Fpress+%28FWW+Press+Release%29
We need this water for drinking and irrigation and recreation and currently we need it to fight fires. We also need it to be affordable. The diminishing supply due to fracking is increasing everyone's water bills to astromomical levels. when will the link be made between these massive water withdrawals and the fires / drought?
The current scenario is not sustainable
Mr. Hickenlooper, CO Engergy Department, we are asking you to listen to your citizens and not the lobbyists for gas. We are asking you to please Ban all new water withdrawals for hydrofracking immediately. Colorado is drying up. We simply cannot allow the gas industry to continue taking our water from us.
Look to Germany who banned fracking, Follow their lead. They just provided over 50% of their ENTIRE country's energy (at peak hours) with renewables alone. And they have no where near the amount of sunny days that Colorado has. Invest in solar and wind like Germany is proving can be done. Require all new buildings to have solar panels on them. Germany will be totally fossil fuel free by 2025 - 13 years! Where will CO be? A polluted burned up wasteland? They banned fracking because of the outrageous water use and health hazards it causes. They have found a clean, sustainable way to power themselves. Our water is literally becoming unaffordable and our parched land is burning up and our local food sources are evaporating.
Please Ban any new water withdrawals for frackers. Put an emergency moratorium on them today. CO can't continue this way. Running out of water because of the billions of gallons used every day by thirsty polluting gas frackers is not an option.
Thank you. I am signing this because I love Colorado and am worried about it's future if you continue to allow the massive water withdrawals for fracking.
photo credit: originally posted by Daniel R. Patterson