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Letter: Protect our water resources

Benjamin Franklin said, "When the well is dry, we learn the worth of water." I guess Franklin never thought that our fresh water would also be poisoned.

Only 3 percent of the earth's water is fresh. Ninety percent is locked in ice in Antarctica, Greenland and mountain glaciers. That leaves three-tenths of one percent in our rivers, streams, groundwater and aquifers. How do we treat this precious resource? Freedom Industries in West Virginia dumped 10,000 gallons of toxic chemicals into the Elk River, poisoning the water for 300,000 residents.

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To add insult to injury, the state government then told residents it was safe to drink the water after a week. Luckily, many residents used their noses and eyes to tell them the water was not fit for human consumption.

In North Carolina, Duke Energy dumped tens of thousands of tons of coal ash into the Dan River, poisoning the water for tens of thousands of people. Duke Energy has about 30 coal ash sites in the state that contaminate rivers and groundwater with the help of friendly politicians.

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The Governor of North Carolina, a Republican, is currently under federal investigation for allowing Duke Energy to continue polluting the state's fresh water and violating the Clean Water Act.

Natural gas fracking pollutes millions of gallons of fresh water with toxic chemicals. It pumps it deep underground and forces it back up, carrying natural gas (methane), together with arsenic, radioactive minerals and other toxins that could contaminate groundwater that people depend on for life.

With extended droughts and the increased corporate pollution of clean water, you'll see higher prices for food and clean water. They call fresh water "blue gold" because its value continues to rise.

When greedy corporations put the sanctity of money above the sanctity of life, then they are nothing more than terrorists. They should be prosecuted, convicted and punished like any other terrorist group that uses weapons of mass destruction. When they pollute the very source of life, water, and place the public at risk for personal profit, they should suffer the consequences of their criminal actions.

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In the enlightened words of Mark Twain, "whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting."

David J. Iacono

Westminster

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