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Just from a public-relations standpoint, hydraulic fracturing and severe drought are poor companions. Although fracing does not use a high percentage of consumed surface and groundwater (less than 1%, generally), it is still significant. Just in Texas, according to recent (mid-April) maps, there is exactly one little corner in southeast Texas adjacent to the Louisiana border that is NOT officially under drought conditions. And a large majority of the drought-smitten areas range from levels D2 (severe) to D4 (exceptional). The Eagle Ford region, where fracing has been increasing exponentially, is also suffering the most severe drought. In the Permian basin out in West Texas, where demand for frac water is greatest, the drought is almost as bad. It’s not a cozy or sustainable situation.

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