A town in West Texas is out of water and the TCEQ predicts that 30 more Texas towns/communities could run out of water by the end of this year. Yet the fracking mafia continues to permanently destroy water at a breakneck pace.
As I’ve said repeatedly, for years and before anyone else talked about it, this water is gone forever. Yet, the Texas Water Development Board continues to display graphs showing that water used for fracking is only a fraction of the overall water used statewide. This is a lie because:
The water used for fracking cannot be compared to other uses!
Think of fracking water as a permanent withdrawal from our overall water budget. Like your checking account, withdrawals with no deposits will cause bankruptcy.
Urban water usage, agricultural usage and even water used for golf courses is not permanently removed from our active hydrologic cycle. There are withdrawals and deposits but, as demand increases, the withdrawals could happen faster than the deposits.
Water used for fracking is permanently removed from our active hydrologic cycle. There are ONLY WITHDRAWALS and we are near bankruptcy.
From Flowback: How the Texas Natural Gas Boom Affects Health and Safety
“Disposing of used water through properly operated and maintained injection well systems, into deep rock formations, essentially removes that water from the active hydrologic cycle. Conceivably, this water could return to the active hydrologic cycle at some very distant point in the future (speaking in geologic terms, well beyond human time frames).
Dr. Paul F. Hudak
University of North Texas
To accurately portray the water used for fracking, the Texas Water Development Board should develop some modeling where fracking water is weighted differently. But all that will show is what we already know: fracking has to stop.