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 needs network for sharing water supplies

This is why we filed House Bill 3298. This bill instructs the Texas Water Development Board to study the viability of developing markets for water in Texas, including the potential construction of a water grid within and acro...
by Water News of Texas


Rain tops off Lewisville Lake

After a week of downpours in North Texas, Army Corps of Engineers officials in Lewisville report lake levels across this part of the country are reaching capacity — and in some cases exceeding it.
by Water News of Texas

Tropical rainfall in September in the Lower Rio Grande Valley interrupted the final phases of harvest of the area’s 145,000 acre cotton crop, according to Rod Santa Ana, Texas A&M AgriLife Communications specialist, Weslaco. This field north of McAllen was harvested but not before rains kept the grower from stalk destruction, a state-mandated operation designed to prevent overwintering of boll weevils. (AgriLife Communications photo by Rod Santa Ana)

After prolonged drought, South Texas producers are now struggling with too much moisture

On Sept. 16, the rains were continuing without any let up in the forecast, which was discouraging for South Texas growers of cotton and citrus
by Water News of Texas



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


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