Climate Change texas fracking

Published on August 18th, 2013 | by Jo Borrás


30 Texas Towns Will Be Out of Water, Because: Fracking

August 18th, 2013 by  

Natural gas is claimed to promise cleaner, more efficient combustion than its petroleum-based competition, but getting natural gas out of the ground through hydraulic fracturing (fracking) can be far more environmentally menacing than getting oil. Now, as many as 30 Texas towns could be learning that the hard way, as the towns’ water supplies have been diverted for fracking. Before you feel too bad for them, read the story, below, originally published on Gas2.

Texas is Fracked: More than 30 Towns Will be Out of Water due to Fracking

More than 30 towns in West Texas will soon be out of water as a direct result of diverting their underground water supplies for use in hydraulic fracking. Largely unregulated fracking, it should be said. Largely unregulated fracking that is definitely putting arsenic into the ground it happens to be drying out. Before you start acting horrified, though, consider: this is exactly what Texas’ mental-midget teabillies voted for.

Please, let me be the first to say it.

Ha-ha!  Texas is stupid!

Despite the vast consensus of climate scientists, the highly publicized destructive effects of fracking on water supplies, fracking’s seismic impact, and the evidence of their own senses, the mentally deficient residents of Texas keep electing politicians who believe climate change is a myth, and who think the best course of action to address Texas’ crippling drought is several days of organized prayer. Really.

Maybe Rick Perry and the idiots that voted him back into office will be able to pray in some new drinking water while the non-stupid people of Texas pray for a governor with a triple-digit IQ. While you’re waiting to see how that works out for the citizens of West Texas, take some time to watch this interview with Antonia Juhasz, an oil and energy analyst, author, and journalist.

Fair warning, though: if you live in Texas, you probably won’t enjoy it.

Sources: Fox News,

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  • MikeSmith866

    Maybe there are some technical solutions but to me the most important part of the article is the political process. The people of Texas are voting for people who can not grasp basic science and believe that a rain dance or rain prayer will solve their problems.

    The southern part US is suffering from an electorate who do not think rationally and vote for people without really analyzing and evaluating what they are saying.

    You would think after George W. Bush that these people would have learned their lesson.

    • J_JamesM

      Oh, but they did learn a lesson: Bush was too liberal.

      • MikeSmith866

        I don’t think it is a problem of being too liberal or too conservative.

        There is something else with George W. and Rick Perry. Its nothing to do with politics. It has to do with solving your problems with rain dances or rain prayers.

        It has not worked and it is unlikely to work in future. If the voters could accept this concept, they might elect more qualified candidates who are grounded in reality.

        • Guest

          This is not just a Texas political issue as much as people like to bash Texans. Colorado has the same ground water issues with fracking. Fracking in Pennsylvania will also deplete water supplies. Polictics aside all states would allow this practice if it meant more taxing revenue. People don’t matter to any politicians. Not just in Texas.

          • MikeSmith866

            I had understood that the Ogallala Aquifer was in better shape further north.

            Climate Change seems to have a bigger effect on the south. They call the “Rio Grand”, the “Rio Sand”. Lake Mead is down to 40% of capacity. California is running out of water.

            Pennsylvania has a small border on Lake Erie where they should be able to get a lot of water.

          • There’s “climate change”, and then there is “hey, let’s divert water here, there, and everywhere without regard for what will happen in 50 or 60 years!”

            The second is what happened in SoCal, AZ, NV, and TX … and them chickens is coming home to roost, or whatever it is they say down there.

          • MikeSmith866

            I heard a panel radio talk show on how California may construct a mega pipeline to Lake Michigan for fresh water.

            Its all a matter of economics. Desalinated water comes at a price and this will determine if a long pipeline is worthwhile.

            The problem is that the US South West has not been getting enough snow and rain to meet their water needs.

            This is because of the El Nino effect on drought. And this is expected to continue for at least 10 more years, maybe longer.

            With the loss of our Arctic ice cap, the north south swing of the jet streams has slowed down and elongated causing more extreme weather.

            If we could put a price on all this disruption and charge that back to the oil companies then wind, solar, geothermal and nuclear would all be competitive today.

            And this is just the US. People are dying in Africa due to last year’s failure of the US grain crops. If we added in the costs from all over the world and charged that back, oil would rival the price of gold.

  • exdent11

    The thing is one does not need to use water to frack, it’s just the cheapest way upfront. New propane/pentane/butane mixtures frack without water and then are totally recovered as gas mixed with the harvested oil or natural gas. No chemicals are left in the ground. Don’t believe me? Look up Gasfrac Energy Services which is fracking for Black Brush drilling in Texas.

    • Jo Borras

      “No chemicals left …” seems pretty dubious, especially considering the disclosure laws currently in place.

    • Joel Bird

      Totally recovered? That’s impossible considering 20% of new well casings fail immediately and over time casings fail 50% of the time. If the information is coming directly from Gasfrac it will be too biased to be seen as credible.

      • exdent11

        Please identify the source of those failure rates statistics.What you are implying is massive spill rates of fracking fluids which is not supported by any scientific papers.

        • Joel Bird

          Go watch GasLand 2. There are interviews directly with individuals outside of the oil and gas industry who have done the studies.

          • exdent11

            So your source is an anti fracking movie quoting sources that are anti fracking ? Where’s the peer reviewed literature?

          • I think you misunderstand the words “peer review”. If 95% of scientists agree that the 5% who deny that humans are causing global warming are mentally deficient hilljacks, you don’t need to interview the mentally deficient hilljacks to get their side of it.

          • exdent11

            That’s true if you are talking about the 5% being the irrational anti-drilling crowd.The organizations and environmentalists that support responsible drilling include the EPA, the White House, the former and the new Secretary of Energy, Gov. Brown [ has just signed new regulations to allow fracking in California, ] , I could go on and on…

            Have all these green supporters sold out or are they looking at the risks and benefits of fracking more dispassionately than the anti crowd?

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