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Fracking Sucks Up All the Water From Texas Town

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Three years of drought, decades of overuse and now the oil industry's outsize demands on water for fracking are running down reservoirs and underground aquifers. And climate change is making things worse.

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Kit B (276)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 3:57 pm

Barnhart is an unincorporated community in Irion County, Texas, United States. It was founded by Willam A. Barnhart in 1910, when the Kansas City, Mexico and Orient Railway was constructed through the area. A post office opened in Barnhart in 1912, and a school operated in the community from 1912 to 1969. As of 2000, Barnhart's population was 160, currently about 200.

This is just too good to resist:

Boom Times for a Tiny Texas Town
* An article about how oil industry is bringing new life to Barnhart, TX -- Well maybe not such a boom!

The Irion County Independent School District serves area students.

SusanAWAY Allen (219)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 7:44 pm
Noted and shared.

Sheila D (194)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 8:48 pm
Guess they'll have to fijnd a way to drink oil or natural gas...Noted and thanks.

Christeen A (371)
Friday August 16, 2013, 4:23 am
This is a disaster and we need to stop all this fracking. Thank you.

Frances Darcy (133)
Friday August 16, 2013, 5:04 am

Frans Badenhorst (582)
Friday August 16, 2013, 5:08 am
we will pay for the way we treat water................

. (0)
Friday August 16, 2013, 6:26 am
Does anyone with half a brain who reads something like this or anyone with any semblance of a moral and ethical conscience still think Fracking and Oil exploration are wonderful ideas?

Lindsay K (6)
Friday August 16, 2013, 6:50 am
Noted. These processes need to be fully thought through before embarking on them!

TOM T (246)
Friday August 16, 2013, 7:39 am
Morally reprehensible, despicable
Noted & Shared !

David C (129)
Friday August 16, 2013, 8:12 am
.....want to say something sarcastic about it being Texas and deserving it, but can't think of anything funny.....

Connie O (44)
Friday August 16, 2013, 8:41 am
Dave C. ... I know what you mean.

Sheryl G (360)
Friday August 16, 2013, 9:15 am
Across the south-west, residents of small communities like Barnhart are confronting the reality that something as basic as running water, as unthinking as turning on a tap, can no longer be taken for granted.

Keep quiet the general population, keep fracking, drilling, and you too may find yourselves in the same situation. A lot of what is being drilled is being sent to other Countries.

For example: In May 2013, the federal Department of Energy (DOE) announced approval of a second facility, the Freeport LNG Terminal on Quintana Island, to export natural gas in liquid form to countries not party to free trade agreements with the U.S.

That would mean that gas-hungry markets like Japan could start buying natural gas from Texas ports at much higher rates than domestic consumers.

But will they share their profits with those who lost their water so they can buy water now? ha ha ha. Don't even think about it.

Remember, water is essential to life. No water, no life.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Friday August 16, 2013, 10:04 am
This is going to be SOP in many areas throughout the US.

Gene Jacobson (290)
Friday August 16, 2013, 11:42 am
"We've got to get floods. We've got to get a hurricane to move up in our country and just saturate everything to replenish the aquifer," he said. "Because when the water is gone. That's it. We're gone."

This is just insane. And it is going on all over the country, fracking. At this point, it isn't as if anyone can say, who knew? Everyone knows including the people getting rich off. Dandelion is absolutely right, water is essential to life, a week without it and you die. This is approaching the level of criminal malfeasance and political leaders should be leading the charge to outlaw this incredibly harmful environmental assault. But they aren't. They've sold their souls to the company store too. Unless we learn to drink salt water, god help us, because those underground reservoirs don't last forever and take a very long time to replenish in normal conditions. Which no longer exist.

Kay M (46)
Friday August 16, 2013, 3:00 pm
Thank you for the article and the opportunity to comment on this horrible situation. This story of the texas towns running out of water needs to be on the National Nightly News everyday. We americans need to know what these oil companies are doing to our land, water, wildlife, and us the citizens. We are selling ourselves short for what? greed and oil, Our lifes depend on good clean water for survival, and living here in Louisiana we know what BP did to us, and is still doing to us. Our water,land,wildlife, citizens( made them ill from the dispersant) no compensation, or medical help for these people. Stop fracking Now....period.

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Saturday August 17, 2013, 12:36 am

Susanne R (235)
Sunday August 18, 2013, 12:09 am
The state of Texas needs to reconsider its priorities. Wells have run dry, 15 million people have to ration their water, herds of cattle are dying, crops are being lost --and yet the oil companies are free to frack. The insanity has to stop! But don't count on Rick Perry to solve the problem. He's the man who put the "goober" in "gubernatorial."
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