When you are dealing with an aquifer that supplies water to a major section of the country and you don't treat it with the utmost care there is an extreme problem. I would dare say it is treasonous to risk the lives of all those people for the vague promise of jobs and oil that won't even be supplied to us. The map linked here shows the size of that aquifer, look how many people would be affected if that were to be tainted. We aren't talking a couple people, even in a disperse population we are talking about (in my estimate) tens of millions of people.
Yes quite frankly, I am shocked when I find out a member of the GOP cares about the environment. They have demonstrated through their elected officials that caring about the environment in any capacity is akin to socialism of the highest order. They have public statements where they treat any concern to the state of our planet as the same as appeasing communists or environmental wackjobs. I am glad to see that there are some out there who realize that we only get one planet and its best to stop ****ing with this one.