The Norman Transcript

April 11, 2014

Frackers should use gray water

The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

As reported by Joe Wertz in the March 31 issue of StateImpact Oklahoma, Finley Resources, a Texas-based oil drilling company, has arranged with the city of Norman to buy Norman’s drinking water from hydrants to use for fracking their wells.

Attention to this arrangement was originally noted by Sarah Terry-Cobo of The Journal Record.

Something seems wrong to me for the city to allow this practice while placing its citizens on odd-even water rationing and buying water from Oklahoma City because we find ourselves short of drinking water.

Norman uses recycled, or “gray,” water for Westwood Golf Course and other entities, and in other cities, drillers are using recycled water.

Why, I ask, doesn’t the city require Finley Resources (as well as construction companies) use recycled water instead of our drinking water?

George Ingels


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