Reporter Joe Carroll of the Bloomberg News tells us what we already know:
The worst Texas drought since record-keeping began 116 years ago may crimp an oil and natural- gas drilling boom as government officials ration water supplies crucial to energy exploration.
In the hardest-hit areas, water-management districts are warning residents and businesses to curtail usage from rivers, lakes and aquifers. The shortage is forcing oil companies to go farther afield to buy water from farmers, irrigation districts and municipalities, said Erasmo Yarrito Jr., the state’s overseer of water supplies from the Rio Grande River.
Most of us are accustomed to Bloomberg news covering more business and other types of news – but in this particular article, the Safe Fracking Coalition’s Town Hall meeting was also discussed. It isn’t the only one that has been held and I don’t know if it is the case with the other meetings but our local one held June 10th was standing room only. The auditorium was packed by those who lease their land to drill and those who are asking for safety measures and moderation (sometimes they are one in the same).
Farmers, landowners, environmental activists and state oil industry regulators gathered on June 10 at the University of Texas Health Center in Laredo to discuss the potential impact of fracking on water, air and public health, one of several such meetings that have been held across the state this year.
The concern over water is all across the state. This is without even addressing the concern over air and water pollution and/or the possibilities of accidents.
Check out what San Antonio just restricted – you know it, water usage.
The Edwards Aquifer Authority, which oversees underground water supplies around San Antonio and along the northern edge of the Eagle Ford Shale, on June 2 declared a Stage 2 emergency requiring a 30 percent cut in water usage. Other water districts have imposed similar restrictions.
It is sad to see that our water sources are dwindling – in part due to drought, pollution and overuse. Although it is not popular to say in this area, hydraulic fracturing will continue to make a dent in the water supply (even though we get drinking water from the Rio Grande, at some point we will be running out. Many know that the Rio Grande is one of the top 10 most endangered rivers in the world. While people may argue that drilling in the Eagle Ford Shale does not tap into the river as a source of water, our growing population does. Once it is gone, we will have to look for other water sources but where??
El agua es la vida. Let’s not forget it.