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July 8, 2013

Meeting Ada's goals requires reliable water supply

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Ada —

Apparently, there are no state or federal agencies that regulate pipelines, and cities and other landowners have little or no legal options to control pipeline activities on their property. ONEOK argues that the chances of a leak are low and that, even if a leak occurred, the chances of contamination reaching the water table are also low. The former may be true. The latter is absolutely not true in this type of geology. The citizens that depend on Ada for safe drinking water do not get second chances. If we are to make the trade-off that takes this chance, these citizens deserve a publicly-explained plan that uses state-of-the-art technology to construct the pipeline, detect leaks, shut-off flow, and a plan for an alternate water supply and who pays for the enormous costs associated with such a disaster.

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