The U.S. Drought Monitor shows that nearly all of Texas is either in exceptional drought or extreme drought.
Go ahead, click and see for yourselves.
Of the metered sources in the four county Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District, Barnett Shale drillers used 1,146,598,272 gallons of water and paid .00022 cents per gallon in 2009. Many drillers took water from unmetered sources but there were no enforcement actions.
That water is gone. FOREVER!