Thirsty fracking angers dry Texas
The water-guzzling shale gas exploration (fracking) is accused of exacerbating the ongoing drought in the southwestern United States.
Three years of drought, decades of overuse and now the water-guzzling shale gas extraction (fracking) taxing on water resources in the American Southwest, says The Guardian. Several smaller communities are drained and only in Texas liable under the state environmental agency TCEQ thirty communities run out of water before the year is out.
Close to 15 million people are currently living with some form of water rationing and anger over the oil companies buying up large quantities of water to its shale gas has begun to spread, writes The Guardian.
– They suck up all the water out of the ground and there will hundreds of tanks and collect fresh water here every day, says farmer Buck Owens told the newspaper.
West Texas has been hit by recurrent droughts since long, but with the impact of climate change, the area under the Guardian experienced increasingly difficult heatwaves and intense pressure reservoirs and groundwater has not had time to recover.
Neither drought or shale gas development can be alone to blame for the lack of water, says climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe at the Technical University in Lubbock to The Guardian.
– What is happening is that climate change is added on top of everything else, and in many cases may be the straw that breaks the camel’s back, but the camel is already overloaded, she tells the magazine.