One of the recent economic booms in Texas has been the Barnett Shale gas field activity that has been most active within a triangle roughly from Weathorford Texas, to Denton, south through D/FW Airport, and then west back to Weathorford.
A visit to the area a night shows drilling rigs scattered throughout the area, lit up like Christmas trees. Most of these oil companies, and "landmen" who negotiate gas leases are strictly quiet on one subject related to natural gas drilling. WATER.
Grayson Harper, recently wrote about the indirect impact of all of this drilling activity on the water supply of North Texas. Many ranchers, farmers, landowners, and water sensitive citizens know the high costs of drilling, in terms of water.
But, most people do not know the facts. We are greatful to Grayson Harper (firstname.lastname@example.org) for reporting these statisitics. We would like to share them here:
Do the math. It will amaze you. Our lakes could literally be depleted leaving us with water shortages, but, with plenty of natural gas to run our air conditioners. Again, the Tarrant County Water Board has followed the beck and call of big business and has not taken this into account, and furthermore, the lack attention to it by the Cities of Fort Worth and others, who sell water, is going to cost the citizens of North Texas heavily.
Think about the implications.