August 14, 2013
What some ranchers may not know when they agree to sell drilling leases to energy companies, granting them permission to drill and frack on their land, is that in some cases they are reaping the seeds of their own destruction.
Katharine Hayhoe, a climate scientist at the Texas Tech University in Lubbock, claims that the recent droughts, nor fracking operations, are the real cause for the low water supplies. “We have large urban centres sucking water out of west Texas to put on their lands. We have a huge agricultural community, and now we have fracking which is also using water.”