Scientists and environmental activists have been warning that the next wars could be about water. Mostly they're projecting a future where, due to climate change and human activity, clean water could be hard to come by. Clean drinking water is already a treasured commodity in some parts of the world, but here in the northeast we have plenty of water - enough to share even.
Unless you live in Montrose, PA. Seems that a generous soul has taken it upon himself to put in a water hydrant and pay the local water utility for the water he uses. If he were irrigating corn or filling a swimming pool for the neighbor kids to splash around in, this would probably not be an issue.
But the fact that he is filling a water tank and hauling water to Dimock has irritated his neighbors. And the town board. Because, apparently, what you do with your own land is your own business - unless you are offering aid to "those people" in Dimock. His neighbors are referring to him as a "water pirate" and the Dimock folks with no water as "thugs". Which makes one wonder: what would his neighbors do if he drilled a gas well and contaminated their water? Read more here. The emails from the town board are even more interesting, offering rare insight into how elected officials truly feel about those they serve - and the whole concept of "open meeting".