The Sept. 8 news article “Fracking decision looms over woodland” was enlightening. Energy requirements continue to increase as the population increases, and it’s true that something must be done about it. But there is even more urgency about water supplies. Water, the basis for all life, is the most critical natural resource we have. If you don’t believe that, talk to Western farmers impacted by drought, or Los Angeles residents whose supply is threatened by a forest fire. We can live without natural gas, but we cannot live without water. Anything that threatens to damage our supply of water must be stopped until we can be certain that it is 100 percent protected.

The George Washington National Forest watershed supports the Washington region, and no fracking should be allowed until industry can unequivocally state, and we can absolutely verify, that there is no chance of any damage to it.

Bill Johnson, Fredericksburg