Water Shortage Limits Fracking for Shale Gas PDF Print E-mail

The Australian publication Climate Spectator cautions that fracking requires a lot of water, millions of gallons, sometimes several times over to get gas flowing in a well.  According to the Texas Water Board, for example, "the drought-ridden state’s requirements (18 million acre-feet of water) already outstrips its supply (17 million), which is why it has already had to contemplate rationing allocations to industry, farmers and manufacturers. By 2060, those needs are expected to increase to 22 million acre feet, with only 15.3 million available. In short, it will have only two buckets of water for every three it needs. And this is without factoring in the impact of shale gas." 

Texas is already facing a drought which has cost the state $5 billion."  The shortage of water will limit shale gas production or drive up its costs in many areas of the U.S. and the world.  See "BHP's Texan Water Torture" by Giles Parkinson.



MN's Leading Election System

With Secretary of State Steve Simon


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Listen to Secretary of State Steve Simon's excellent presentation on MN's outstanding election system emulated by many other states at the Think Again Brooklyns forum January 19, 2016.  Secretary Simon includes ways in which it can be improved, and he explains why it is important to vote.  He concludes with a quote from a tee shirt:  "Failure to vote is not an act of rebellion.  It is an act of surrender."

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How Oregon Became the Easiest Place to Vote in the US

By Lornet Turnbull
YES! Magazine
October 8, 2016


In January, Oregon became the first state in the country to begin automatically registering eligible citizens to vote when they obtain or renew their driver's licenses or state IDs, completely shifting the burden of voter registration from the individual to the government. 

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