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August 30, 2014

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR:

Fracking and drought don’t mix

Fracking poses an unacceptable risk to Nevada. In other parts of the country, fracking has caused serious public health issues, such as contaminated air and water that are making people sick, and now energy companies want to frack in Nevada!

As Nevada is one of the driest states in the nation, how can we afford to use millions of gallons of fresh water on this dangerous, industrial practice?

Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” injects millions of gallons of fracking fluids — a mixture of nearly 600 chemicals, water and sand — into a well to create pressure that cracks open rocks underground, releasing natural gas. However, due to a legislative loophole, citizens cannot hold gas companies accountable to the Safe Drinking Water Act, so they don’t have to disclose the nearly 600 chemicals that may be contaminating our water.

These companies blatantly disregard the health and safety of our communities in their quest for profits, so we need our elected leaders to protect us and hold them accountable.

We must send a extremely strong message to Gov. Brian Sandoval to ban fracking in Nevada!

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