Imagine If There Were A Town In The USA Where You Couldn’t Get Any Water. You Can Stop Imagining.
A 21st-century Texas variation of the old saw “whiskey’s for drinkin’, water’s for fightin’ about” might go something like this: “Gas is for gettin’ rich, water’s for fightin’ about.”
In Mertzon and Barnhart in western Texas, the worst drought in two generations is choking the water supply. Water shortages are raising tensions between locals and the fracking industry. Drilling for shale gas uses up to 8m gallons of water each time a well is fracked.
Fracking appears to play a role in many of these water shortages elsewhere in the state. Another 30 towns in the state are expected to run out of water by the end of the year, according to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. And about 15 million people are under some form of water rationing, wherein they are prevented from watering their lawns and the like.
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