January 31, 2012

West Texas Boom.. Drought, Fracking and effects on water supply

…”Some 400 rigs, a quarter of the nationwide total, are now drilling in the region. Shepperd said the industry is spending $1 billion a month here drilling wells. And the only way he said it makes economic sense is if oil prices don’t slide.” …

… “Each well drilled using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, can use several million gallons of water over days or weeks. The water is mixed with sand and chemicals, then sent deep underground at high pressure to fracture the shale rock formations, forcing out the oil trapped there.” …

Read the complete article from StateImpact as reported by Dave Fehling



Texas is fuming because Mexico isn’t sending the water it owes

Mexico doesn’t dispute its water debt, but says that its own shortages make it impossible, at this point, to comply with the annual 350,000 acre-feet to be given to the United States.
by Water News of Texas


At least 34 Texas Communities have less than a 90 day supply of water. A dozen could go dry in 45 days or less.

"We have sort of taken water for granted for a long time. And I think that time is over. I think its valuation has gone up. Some communities are in more trouble than others,"
by Water News of Texas


Lake Conroe Reaches Full Pool Elevation for first time in 4 years

This is the first time that Lake Conroe has been at full pool elevation since April 25, 2010.
by Water News of Texas



37 Percent of Texas now in Extreme to Exceptional Drought – up 30% in 3 months

All drought categories expanded across parts of Texas, resulting in Exceptional Drought covering virtually all of the Texas panhandle
by Water News of Texas


Texas Water Development Board launches interactive 2012 State Water Plan website

The map will display Water Needs by Region, Municipal, Irrigation, Livestock, Manufacturing, Mining, and Steam Electricity.
by Water News of Texas


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