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Communities in Texas are beginning to lose water as their wells run dry. Fracking is on cause. Some articles:

Guardian  (with a nice video)

Beverly McGuire saw the warning signs before the town well went dry: sand in the toilet bowl, the sputter of air in the tap, a pump working overtime to no effect. But it still did not prepare her for the night last month when she turned on the tap and discovered the tiny town where she had made her home for 35 years was out of water.

"The day that we ran out of water I turned on my faucet and nothing was there and at that moment I knew the whole of Barnhart was down the tubes," she said, blinking back tears. "I went: 'dear God help us. That was the first thought that came to mind."

In Texas alone, about 30 communities could run out of water by the end of the year, according to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Treehugger version

We've seen how climate change and government mismanagement of water played a role in leading to the Syrian revolution. (link embedded in original)  And how the 2013 drought is pushing New Mexico farmers to extreme measures in search of water. It seems inevitable that unless there is some cooperation among neighboring communities and a political solution to better manage water resources and not allow the world's most profitable industry to suck towns dry, there are going to be some very angry people here in the US, as well.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Thu Aug 15th, 2013 at 03:38:04 PM EST

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