In a Sunday editorial, Jennifer McBride, Managing Editor of the Dickinson Press in southwestern North Dakota, called for “drastic action” if a new EPA drinking water safety study shows that hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) puts drinking water at risk. She writes:
Without water, what are we? Without water, there is no we. There is nothing.
This is pretty strong language for a small newspaper at the edge of the booming Bakken oil field, where any criticism of the fossil fuel industry can be taken as fighting words. Kudos to McBride for saying what needs to be said about the value of water in dry country.