The Great Texas Fracking Drought That Was Not Caused by Fracking
Obama Failed America 2013/08/12 19:53:38
A very small town in Texas has allegedly run out of water, the cause of
the water shortage is of course, facking and the oil industry.
The Greens global campaign against fracking continues unabated with this
latest flimsy story from the keyboard of Green junk journalist Suzanne
Goldenberg at the Guardian where a very small town in Texas has
apparently run out of water.
The story is actually over 2 months old, but in true Grauniad tradition
has been dusted off and vaguely presented to appear as though the events
are current and that the town is still dry.
To be honest, Goldenberg and yours truly have history, not in the
biblical sense, but we have crossed swords on Twitter, the net result
being that Goldenberg blocked me on Twitter from following her, or
Tweeting with her, quite simply because I asked her question about one
of her posts in the Grauniad. So in the interests of impartiality this
is what Bishop Hill has to say about Goldenberg:
Meanwhile Roger Harrabin tweets a link to a story from the Guardian’s Suzanne Goldenberg, who enjoys a reputation for a less-than-diligent approach to truth and accuracy.
The story has naturally been resurrected in the light of David Cameron’s statement on Shale Gas at the weekend that “Britain cannot afford to miss out on Shale Gas“
Always one to keep her reputation intact Goldenberg is as always, true to form with this story:
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.”
Carefully selected sound bites taken out of context to provide a Green
apocalyptic moment, the despair of a crying woman whose tap has run dry,
more on that later on, but Goldenberg is rolling so why stop her now?
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.
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.
There is truth in the drought and no doubt about the overuse of water from aquifers, a report in 2010 concluded that:
In the US, 21 percent of irrigation is achieved by pumping groundwater at rates that exceed the water supplies ability to recharge.
The effects of the drought are truly appalling, the hardship caused is almost unendurable:
15 million people are living under some form of water rationing, barred
from freely sprinkling their lawns or refilling their swimming pools.
In Barnhart’s case, the well appears to have run dry because the water
was being extracted for shale gas fracking.
The well appears to have run dry because of fracking, Green liberal junk
journalism at it’s worst, Goldenberg has zero evidence to support her
contention that fracking caused the well to run dry as they say, but
still makes the assertion to push her Green Liberal political message.
The irony of the last 2 paragraphs of Goldenberg’s post is priceless:
not Owens, not yet anyway. The underground aquifers needed far more
rain to recharge, he said, and it just wasn’t raining as hard as it did
when he was growing up.
“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.”
According to Goldenberg and all the others complicit or implicated in
the great Anthropogenic Global Warming boondoggle extreme weather events
like hurricanes are on the increase because of man made climate change,
which of course is utter nonsense, extreme weather events globally are
in decline and no hurricane has made land fall on the continental United
States since 2006, which is why the new term superstorm was invented
and applied to Sandy, which ceased to be a hurricane out at sea. Then
even more embarrassingly for the Green Liberals their very own IPCC
said Sandy was not caused by human influences.
So how much water does fracking consume in Texas, according the Energy Collective not that much:
we’ll turn to one last paper, a 2012 article in Environmental Science
and Technology by by Jean-Philippe Nicot and Bridget Scanlon of
University of Texas at Austin. Their paper notes that as of 2011, total
annual water consumption for fracking in the Barnett Shale, the largest
play in Texas, is equal to about 9% of the annual water consumption of
the city of Dallas, for comparison. They also report thattotal water use for all shale gas wells in Texas amounted to below 1% of all freshwater withdrawals in the state, although again, “local impacts vary with water availability and competing demand.”
The story of Barnhart, Tx was reported in the The Texas Tribune on June 6th 2013:
Barnhart, a small community in West Texas, has run out of water.
John Nanny, an Irion County commissioner and an official with Barnhart’s
water supply corporation, said on Thursday that the situation was
serious. When reached by telephone, he was working on pumping operations
and hoped to have a backup well in service Friday morning. A load of bottled water was on its way to the community center, he said.
The whole point of the Goldenberg’s story was to continue to try to
cause fear and uncertainty about fracking in Britain and another
desperate attempt to try and stop the shale gas revolution from arriving
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