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    Fracking Moves Ever Closer to Home:

    Where Will the Water Come From?

    Perhaps the biggest issue facing our region today is water. Water has long been a treasured resource in West Texas. Global warming studies indicate our region will experience more droughts and water will become scarcer as the 21st century progresses.
    The "gas rush" occurring in West Texas today is being made possible by the recovery technique known as hydraulic fracturing (fracking). But fracking is a water hog:

    --It typically uses one million gallons of water per frack, and there may be multiple fracks per well. Where will this water come from?

    --The water used for fracking emerges from the process contaminated from mixing with the fracking chemicals and must be disposed of safely, which is a challenge.

    --During fracking and water disposal, drillers run the risk of contaminating nearby aquifers.

    Texas is the Number One wind energy generating state in America. In fact, we generate at least twice as much wind energy as any other state. Wind energy uses essentially no water and does not pose risks to existing water supplies. West Texas is also a prime target for solar energy, which, like wind, is clean and renewable.

    With such a great potential future in renewable energy, does it make any sense to pursue "dirty energy" and the associated risks to our water supply?

    Contact Kay at kayplavi@yahoo.com to help us work on this issue

    Click here to read Kay Plavidal's Letter to the Editor of the Alpine Daily Planet on "Fracking and Protecting Our Water."



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