Help Prevent Texas Towns From Drought


Target: Texas landowners

Goal: Stop selling land rights to natural gas drilling companies to reduce the chances of water depletion for the many surrounding communities

Towns in West Texas, known for their large role in oil production, are now facing the worst droughts in the past two decades. In the last three years the rapid changes in climate conditions have had a drastic effect on lake and reservoir water supply. Now, after many hydraulic fracturing sites (also known as ‘fracking pads’) have been distributed across Texas to recover the large amounts of natural gas trapped in the Barnett and Woodford shale rock formations, many towns in West Texas are nearly tapped out of drinking water for their communities.

The hydraulic fracturing process itself requires millions of gallons of water (mixed with toxic chemicals) to be pumped into the shale rock to hopefully crack the shale and release the natural gas to flow to the surface. The fracking process requires an estimated eight-million gallons of water every day the well is fracked, and the water has to be taken straight from the local water wells. At the current rate, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has stated that around 30 communities could run out of water by the end of 2013.

West Texas is infamous for its drought seasons; however, mixed with the unstable climate changes and rising heat waves, we need to help limit the amount of the fracking pads that should be allowed to operate when an estimated 15 million people are forced to live under a water rationing system.

President Obama recently gave a speech about fracking, and labeled it as a stopgap domestic energy consumption measure. Unfortunately, hydraulic fracturing isn’t just something to cover our energy needs while we hunt for more oil or alternative energy sources. A large majority of the natural gas we recover from domestic fracking is then exported to other countries. It’s simply just another profit machine running at the cost of many communities’ clean air and clean water.

Hydraulic fracturing is now springing up near larger cities, close enough to where the more wealthy residences are, which surprisingly is a good thing for capturing more attention for this problem and more policy questions are finally being asked. We need your help to urge Texan residents to stop selling their land rights to natural gas companies, and prevent the spread of more hydraulic fracturing sites.


Dear Texas landowners,

I am writing to you today to raise your awareness of the dangers involved with hydraulic fracturing sites surrounding West Texas communities. Due to the unfortunate climate changes, the past few years have been awfully dry for Texan residents. The lake and water reservoirs are drying up by the heat and dry soil alone. However, another major impact on these communities are the hundreds of ‘fracking pads’ springing up.

These fracking pads require millions and millions of gallons of water every day to frack at a single well. This natural gas extraction process is completely drying up the surrounding communities water supply, so much so that by the end of 2013, it is plausible that there will not be a single drop left if things continue at this rate. It isn’t right to force these towns into a water rationing system, and even lead citizens to the point they have to haul in tankers of water from other cities. Crops are dying, vegetation is gone, and citizens can’t even get water from their tap to drink or bathe. We need to urgently address this problem before things get even more serious.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. They should also start conservation. Planting native plants and ditching grass, etc in areas that would require watering..using gray water on plants, etc. are all important.

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