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Texas Tribune: In Texas, water use for fracking stirs concerns

Published On: Mar 11 2013 03:34:40 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 08 2013 04:10:43 PM CST
Fracking oil well
CARRIZO SPRINGS, Texas -

In this South Texas stretch of mesquite trees and cactus, where the land is sometimes too dry to grow crops, the local aquifer is being strained in the search for oil. The reason is hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a drilling process that requires massive amounts of water.

“We just can’t sustain it,” Hugh Fitzsimons, a Dimmit County bison rancher who serves on the board of his local groundwater district, said last month as he drove his pickup down a dusty road.

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Article courtesy of the Texas Tribune