Dear Editor: At Wisconsin Water Alliance, it is our mission to help protect the state’s water resources and advocate for sound water policies which benefit Wisconsin families, businesses, farmers and other landowners. One way we’re doing that is by supporting the efforts of those in the natural gas industry.

During the winter season, naturally Wisconsinites’ thoughts of water are transformed; frigid temps lead to ideas of ice-fishing, ice-skating or simply navigating icy, snowy roads. When families re-enter homes though, leaving those frigid temps outside, they rarely contemplate the source of the comfort and protection they enjoy. Natural gas is not only a safe source of heat and energy for many Wisconsin homes, it’s also one of the cleanest sources of energy available, and one that complements the central mission of Wisconsin Water Alliance.

Just as Wisconsin is rich in clean-water supply, we are also fortunate to have a wealth of resources well-suited for natural gas creation. Wisconsin is a key component in the natural gas industry, and many of our supply partners are certified as “Green Tier” by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The state’s contribution has added significantly to the increase of natural gas and oil production in the United States and Canada, leading to greater energy independence for our nation and helping grow the economy in Wisconsin and elsewhere.

The natural gas industry is dependent on the availability of fresh water and operators take their responsibilities seriously, to be both good neighbors and mindful stewards of this important natural resource. It is clear the United States should continue to expand natural gas infrastructure so more families around our nation have access to this clean, safe and reliable energy source.

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Dan Ellsworth, president, Wisconsin Water Alliance

Beaver Dam

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