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By Sally Beauvais Oil and gas development is leading to an increase in groundwater usage across West Texas. And in northeast Culberson County, over 2,000 square miles of rural land lie outside of the region’s groundwater conservation district. That’s why … Continue reading
In the early 1950s, over-pumping water in Pecos County led to Comanche Springs drying out. In an effort to not repeat history, researchers are now trying to better understand West Texas’ water systems and how to properly manage them. This … Continue reading
Fracking has dramatically increased the demand for water in the nation’s most productive oil field, Texas’ Permian Basin. Water usage has already risen sixfold since 2011, and according to research firm IHS Markit, demand will double again by the end … Continue reading
A West Texas company received approval Wednesday to pump water from the Capitan aquifer and pipe it to the Permian Basin where it will be used in oil and gas operations.
In a Midland County neighborhood just south of Interstate 20, residents have been warned not to drink from their tap water. This comes after routine tests showed contaminants there. In 1990, high levels of chlorinated solvents were identified in the … Continue reading
People living in a neighborhood just south of the city of Midland are worried about their well water. Industrial chemicals were found in levels that are unacceptable by federal standards. Now, county officials are working with state regulators and local … Continue reading
Residents in a neighborhood south of the city of Midland have been avoiding their well water. This is after tests showed high levels of contaminants. In 1990, a similar mixture of contaminants were found at a Baker-Hughes facility nearby, and … Continue reading