Presidio City Council to Discuss Possible Fracking Ban

Presidio City Council to Discuss Possible Fracking Ban

By Alexa Williams
NewsWest 9

PRESIDIO - Presidio is looking at taking action against fracking. On Thursday, the City Council will discuss putting a possible ban on it.

"You'll probably find an agreement among most of the council, myself included, that we don't want fracking within Presidio," Presidio Mayor, John Ferguson, said.

Ferguson said the idea is still in the very early stages.

"There may be some people in the public who have some things to say about it so we'll see what happens," Ferguson said.

Ferguson says right now there isn't any fracking going on within their city limits and the city hopes to keep it that way. He added the town has other ideas to help their economy. 

"We kind of have our chips on the table for tourism and international trade and things like that. We just don't think that fracking is something that really would be helpful to us in the long run," Ferguson said.

But the city's main concern boils down to one of their most cherished natural resources, water.

"I think the top reason is just environmental concerns, specifically ground water. We have an excellent source of ground water in Presidio and if we were to lose that we would basically lose the whole town," Ferguson said.

Ferguson hopes the community will come out on Thursday to voice their opinion. 

"We're not experts and so that's why I think it will be helpful to have this conversation and we will see where it goes from there," Ferguson said.

The City Council meeting will be at a special time, 5:30 p.m., Thursday night at the Presidio Activity Center.