Thursday, October 6, 2011

Texas Drought Imposes Fracking Limitations - Locals Fear Fracking Will Use Up Dwindling Water Supply

By Cori O'Donnell
Thursday, October 6th, 2011

The severe drought in Texas has prompted local authorities to impose water limitations, which affect not only the citizens but also the local oil and natural gas companies.

Local water districts have the authority to allocate the water from subterranean aquifers. Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) restrictions have been put into place in addition to the pumping restrictions that are placed on farmers and small towns.

Hydraulic fracturing, which uses high pressurized water to create new channels in rock, is the technique used to develop about 85 percent of the oil wells drilled in Texas, according to state regulators. Even before the drought came into play, fracking was a controversial issue for the gas and oil companies.

Fracking concerns the local people because they fear it can contaminate the water supply, and now feared even more is if fracking will use too much water during the intensifying drought.

Bloomberg reports that “The rumblings have definitely started in the last six months,” said Chris Faulkner, chief executive officer of Breitling Oil and Gas Corp., a closely held producer in Irving, Texas. “It used to be, ‘Are you going to contaminate my water;’ now the concern is, ‘You’re going to use up all my water.’”

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Day after day, day after day,
We stuck, nor breath nor motion;
As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean.

Water, water, every where,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink.

Hang the Albatross around your neck Oil and Gas! Drink your radioactive, toxic frac-fluids, bathe in them, for they are all yours. You produced it, you keep it!

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