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Water for oil denies water to people

The Texas fracking boom sucks away precious water from beneath the ground, leaving cattle dead, farms bone dry and people thirsty

By Suzanne Goldenberg  /  The Guardian, BARNHART, Texas

Last week brought some relief with rain across the entire state of Texas. Rain gauges in some parts of west Texas registered 5cm or more. Some ranchers dared to hope it was the beginning of the end of the drought.

Not Owens. Not yet anyway. The aquifers needed far more rain to recharge, he said, and it just wasn’t raining as hard as it did when he was growing up.

“We’ve got to get floods. We’ve got to get a hurricane to move up in our country and just saturate everything to replenish the aquifer,” he said. “Because when the water is gone. That’s it. We’re gone.”

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