Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — Make them pay
The oil/gas companies using millions of gallons of Michigan water to extract natural gas should be required to pay a fee per gallon for the water used. So far Michigan water has been used without cost; and, by the way, is no longer useable, ruined by the chemicals used in fracking. Also, the water taken will lower water tables at a time when Michigan water levels, including the Great Lakes, are at historic lows.
Assuming that gas exploration is vital to American energy needs – an assumption not universally accepted – it is past time for the Michigan state government, the counties and townships to agree on a fee for water used in all fracking and impose this fee on fracking operators immediately.
Leadership and support
I am voting for Gary Howe.
When Gary Howe served on the Parks and Recreation Commission, he helped our neighborhood, unofficially named Orchard Heights, develop a plan for Clancy Park. He answered our questions, met on-site, networked with local talent and made sure we were not forgotten. Our neighborhood would not be implementing our vision for this city park without his leadership, support and encouragement.
Howe supports parks. I plan to support Gary Howe.