Barging frack water is unacceptably risky
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In this paper's editorial discussing the pros and cons of transporting toxic fracking wastewater/chemical brine up and down our riverways ("Risky Cargo: The Coast Guard Has a Key Decision on Wastewater," Dec. 20), it was written that industry and transportation officials pointed out that there already are toxic chemicals being barged on the rivers. Industry officials often drink the corporate Kool-Aid, proving harmful to the public.
One such example is when BP thought that its Deepwater Horizon rig was safe, too! But for transportation officials to go along with the industry's propagandistic message is uncalled for and borders on incompetent. The names of these so-called officials should be published for all to see.
Having an additional 10,000 barrels on the rivers creates a significantly greater probability that an accident resulting in a spill can occur, poisoning our drinking water forever. This risk is unacceptable! Clean and available water is this region's most precious asset.
First Published January 4, 2013 12:00 am