Energy and Environment Reporting for Texas

Meter Reading: The Good and Bad of a Fracking Boom, Water Conflicts Along the Border and More

Feds Allege Kickbacks by Eagle Ford Agents ”The FBI on Thursday took two men into custody and charged them with a fraud scheme that agents say bilked $624,426 from a company doing work in the Eagle Ford shale,” the San Antonio Express-News reports.

The Good and Bad of a Fracking Boom ”The stories coming out of the oil fields in South and West Texas sound like tall tales: overnight wealth, billions in industry investment and an unbuilt hotel in Odessa that’s already booked for two years,” writes Jennifer Hiller, also in the Express-News. “But there are also an increasing number of lawsuits and concerns about water use.”

Water Conflicts Along the Border ”Dividing the Rio Grande’s waters is a complicated annual undertaking governed by arcane agreements and imperfect calculations,” reports the Associated Press. When there’s plenty of water it flows smoothly, but with farmers on both sides of the border confronting severe drought — officials expect to have about one-third of the water of a normal year — Texas officials quickly lashed out an international commission’s decision to release the water, accusing it of putting Mexico’s water needs ahead of drought-stricken Texas farmers in the El Paso Valley.”


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