Trouble in Texas: Abundant Oil, Scarce Water

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  • Report this Comment On August 31, 2013, at 10:43 AM, lm1b2 wrote:

    If they keep Fracking it won't just be Texas that has scarce Potable water through out the US ! These Oil companies are getting rich,and our water supply is running out,water is far more important then Oil,or Gas !

  • Report this Comment On August 31, 2013, at 12:28 PM, OMGLOL wrote:

    Texas' Governor Perry is a corrupt politician who has no interest in the future well being of this state. He sold out long ago to the oil companies and other big business. The entire state is under extreme drought conditions and Perry has made no effort to plan for farm & ranch failures because of it.

    We are more than SIX FEET short of needed rainfall this decade, and it will only get worse.

    When water becomes more expensive than oil, you can bet Perry & his ilk will own the water resources.

  • Report this Comment On August 31, 2013, at 1:54 PM, wgcross2 wrote:

    First off, Texas relies heavily on the Ogalalla aquifer, part (80%) of the High Plains aquifer. This aquifer supplies farming, cattle ranching, the consumer and industry. It's one of the largest FW resources in the world, covering some 8 states. Present-day recharge of the aquifer with fresh water occurs at a very slow rate, suggesting that much of the water in its pore spaces is paleowater, dating back to the most recent ice age and probably earlier. The biggest culprit is the agricultural industry in draining the aquifer. Recharge in the aquifer ranges from 0.024 inches per year in parts of Texas and New Mexico to up to 6 inches per year in south-central Kansas. It could take hundreds to thousands of years of rainfall to replace the groundwater in the depleted aquifer. Point being, some very creative conservation needs to be designed. The Oil and Gas industry is important to our nation. Certainly there's a balance somewhere.

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