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white cloud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-24-11 03:26 PM
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Drought is taking toll on Texas aquifers
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By Steve Campbell

The ferocious Texas drought is clobbering crops, thinning out cattle herds, decimating wildlife, and drying up streams and reservoirs, but it's also wreaking havoc deep underground, where the state's aquifers are dropping at a precipitous rate, experts say.

The dip in groundwater levels is forcing many rural homeowners who depend on residential wells to spend $500 to $1,000 to have their pumps lowered or, worse, $7,500 or more to have deeper wells drilled.

Lee Weaver knew he was facing a serious problem when he watched his lawn sprinkler dwindle to a meager squirt at his home south of Fort Worth.

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JIMSPLACE 2 comments collapsed Collapse Expand There are some things that can be controlled, some can't or won't be. When the experts say the gas drilling industry is only responsible for about 10% of the usage of our aquifers, that is a tremendous amount of water. That amounts to 1 gallon out of every 10 for one industry. If 10% of the water is used by the gas drilling industry and that water is contaminated forever, how much is remaining after 10 years?

When we water our yards, the water will evaporate or run off into the storm sewer and back to the rivers where it can be reused. The evaporated water from our yards is pure water and will come back as clean rain water somewhere to replenish the aquifers.

The 1 to 5 million gallons of water used to frack only (1) well by the gas drillers goes underground and is lost forever or comes back out with the gas and so contaminated it must be injected into a disposal well 9000 feet underground where they say it will never be seen again. The water is gone forever. There are few industries that can literally destroy water. The gas drilling is one of them.



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