It's been a hot-button agenda item for the city's board of health, and Monday, members approved a resolution on best practices in hydraulic fracturing in Lubbock.
The board has examined the pros and cons of "fracking", and the public health concerns that come with it for some time now. Board member Anne Epstein said the resolution hopes to put safeguards in place to protect us, tackling various concerns like the risk of water contamination and the potential for water depletion.
"What we have done is asked drillers to employ methods to reuse and recycle water," Epstein said, "and to attempt to reduce the amount of freshwater resources that drillers use in this process, which can involve millions of gallons of water per well."
The board will now present the resolution to the city council.