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Challenges to Natural Gas Fracking Escalate

Texas, a state notorious for its embrace of fossil fuel industries, and where 85% of new wells are developed using natural gas fracking, they are taking steps to limit the practice. New wells for fracking have doubled in Texas over the past two years, and have been exempt from water restrictions. Texas produces a third of the natural gas in the US. But the drought has been so severe in the state - the driest year since record keeping began in 1895 -that water consumption is being restricted for oil and natural gas producers for the first time. The city of Grand Prairie, situated on the Barnett Shale in North Texas, is the first municipality in Texas to ban the use of water for fracking. Officials for the Ogallala Aquifer water district issued water consumption regulations, which also include fracking operations. Drillers are trying to bypass restrictions by such methods as...

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