Fracking Outingdale

06/23/2014 9:06 AM

06/24/2014 10:17 AM

Re "Drought gets dire in small foothill town" (Page A1, June 22): I live in Outingdale.

I have never left water running while brushing my teeth. And now, I heat water on the stove to wash dishes, use rinse-water and dog dish water for flowers and other plants, have cut by half the watering of my trees, do my laundry at the laundromat, flush the toilet only when necessary and am taking one bath a week.

What I'd like to know is why does our drought-stricken state continue to permit the hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") industry to shove millions of gallons of water into each of its many wells?

-- Mary E. Bergquist, Somerset

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