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An Honest Conversation About Fracing Requires Honest Facts

Perhaps the most discussed environmental challenge these days is hydraulic fracturing or “fracing”.  You don’t have to look far to find documentaries, debates, websites and articles on both sides of the issue.  Fracing raises a wide-range of environmental issues, spanning from air quality to wildlife disruption.  In water challenged regions, such as parts of the South Texas’ Eagle Ford Shale area, a particularly important concern is the demand fracing places on water supplies. Fracing is the process of enhancing gas or oil production in tight rock formations by injecting fluids at high pressure to crack the rock and to free the product.   Once the fractures have been opened and extended, a propping agent, proppant,...

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Texas Leg Decides It’s Dry Enough for Rainy Day Fund

Once every two years, all eyes are on the lawmakers in Austin who are busy passing new state laws.  Texas often passes water laws after drought so it was no surprise that after the summers of 2011 and 2012, water was a priority among state leaders in the regular session of the 83rd Texas Legislature this spring. Over the past three years most of Texas has struggled with drought conditions , which continues to affect much of the state today. House Bill 4 Although several bills dealt with water (many of which we will discuss in upcoming weeks), most of the media attention focused House Bill 4 (HB 4).  Among other things, HB 4 allows...

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Welcome (Back) to the Blog!

WELCOME!!! Like this author, the Texas Water Solutions blog has experienced a few changes, but that doesn't mean that there aren't tons of water issues to discuss so I am excited to announce that the blog is back with a new address and some new voices.   Before we get started on all the great topics we will be posting about, I thought it might be helpful to have a little background on our new locale. How did we get here? After the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) discontinued much of its water work in Texas, there was a need to find a new house.  The Texas Living Waters (TLW) project was a natural fit. Originally started...

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