Texas’ second oil boom costs precious water

Outlet: Scripps Interactive Newspapers Group

June 25, 2011

Plastic-lined pits holding millions of gallons of blue-green water are tucked away in fields chock-full of withering mesquite trees. On the banks of one of the larger man-made lakes, a lone green plant stands in stark contrast to the arid terrain that surrounds its artificial habitat. After the driest eight-month period in the state’s recorded history, this barren ranch land has become inhospitable to even the most drought-resistant vegetation. So where, amid the severe dry spell, did all this pristine water come from..?