Potential well water contaminants
highest near natural gas drilling, UT Arlington
A new study of 100 private
water wells in and near the Barnett Shale showed
elevated levels of potential
contaminants such as arsenic and selenium closest to natural gas
extraction sites, according to a team of researchers at UT
New Projects in Oil and Gas Database May Surpass 2012's Total
Sugar Land, Texas - 23 August, 2013 - "The shale gas/hydraulic
fracturing ("fracking") revolution in North America has injected new
life into the oil and gas industry, especially in midstream
infrastructure. So far this year, the new project count stands at
more than 970, putting Industrial Info on track to surpass last
year's growth," said
Resources who maintain an industry database.
LCRA votes to cut off water to rice farmers
Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) Board of Directors, on an
8-7 vote Tuesday, 20 November 2013, agreed to ask the Texas
Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to approve an emergency
drought request that would cut off Highland Lakes water to most rice
farmers in 2014 if the combined storage of lakes Buchanan and Travis
is less than 1.1 million acre feet on March 1 next year.
If TCEQ approves the emergency request as expected, it will
represent the third year in a row many rice farmers have been denied
irrigation allotments or limited to partial deliveries, a
development that has financially stressed many rice operations and
has caused serious economic problems for rural communities in
Wharton, Matagorda and Colorado counties.
Small Texan Communities Dry Up as Fracking Industry Takes Water
12 August 2013 -
OilPrice - What some ranchers may not know when they agree to
sell drilling leases to energy companies, granting them permission
to drill and frack on their land, is that in some cases they are
reaping the seeds of their own destruction.
The problem is that the huge water demand of the fracking industry
has put wells and water aquifers in Texas under a lot of pressure,
and the recent heat waves and droughts have proven too much, causing
some to dry up fully.
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has stated that around
30 communities in the Lone Star State may actually run out of water
by the end of the year, not something that people would expect from
a first world country.
Locals started to really notice the lack of water when frackers
started turning up in the area around two years ago. Unable to find
access to sufficient levels of water ranchers were slowly forced to
cut their herds in size, and cotton farmers saw their crops dwindle
as they were unable to water the fields.
A Texan tragedy: ample oil, no water -
12 August 2013 - Fracking boom sucks away precious water from
beneath the ground, leaving cattle dead, farms bone-dry and people
Nearly 15 million people are living under some form of water
rationing, barred from freely sprinkling their lawns or refilling
their swimming pools. In Barnhart's case, the well appears to have
run dry because the water was being extracted for shale gas fracking.
Texas Groundwater Levels Suffer Sharp Drop,
May 7, 2013 -
Texas Tribune - Groundwater levels in Texas’ major aquifers
dropped considerably between 2010 and 2011, as the state's drought
intensified, according to
a report published recently by the Texas Water Development
The report showed significant declines in the Ogallala Aquifer,
which underlies much of the Panhandle.
The water board monitors 26
wells in the Ogallala, and water levels dropped in all but one
during the 2010-11 period.
The average drop was 3.5 feet, with a
median decline of 1.8 feet.
In South Texas’ Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer, median water levels of the
monitor wells dropped by 4.4 feet in 2010-11, with average declines
of 17.1 feet.
In discussing the Carrizo-Wilcox, the water board noted:
“Irrigation pumpage during the drought has increased substantially in the
Wintergarden area of [south-central] Texas, particularly Zavala,
Wilson, and Atascosa counties. Pumping of groundwater has also
increased to support oil and gas exploration and production
activities related to the Eagle Ford Shale.”