Texas suffers the most severe drought in 100 years

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    HOUSTON, June 14 (UPI) -- The most severe Texas drought in more than 100 years is curtailing efforts to coax natural gas out of Eagle Ford shale deposits, an administrator said.

    Water management officials in Texas are advising residents to limit water use. Energy companies are trying to buy water from farmers and other areas to continue working in the state.

    Exxon Mobile has been recycling fluid used in the hydraulic fracturing of Eagle Ford shale. The process, known as fracking, uses high-pressure water mixed with chemicals and abrasives to crack rock deposits to release trapped natural gas and oil.

    Shale in the Eagle Ford deposits requires much more water to fracture than other U.S. shale deposits. One well in the Eagle Ford deposit requires 13 million gallons of water, enough for more than 200 people for a year, Bloomberg News reports.

    U.S. drought monitors put 94 percent of Texas in some state of drought as of June 7. The National Weather Service predicts precipitation amounts will remain less than average for much of the month.

    Texas drought hurts fracking campaign - UPI.com
     
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    Some parts of the Lone Star State have not seen any significant precipitation since August. Bayous, cattle ponds and farm fields are drying up, and residents are living under constant threat of wildfires, which have already burned across thousands of square miles.

    Much of Texas is bone dry, with scarcely any moisture to be found in the top layers of soil. Grass is so dry it crunches underfoot in many places. The nation's leading cattle-producing state just endured its driest seven-month span on record, and some ranchers are culling their herds to avoid paying supplemental feed costs.

    May is typically the wettest month in Texas, and farmers planting on non-irrigated acres are clinging to hope that relief arrives in the next few weeks.

    "It doesn't look bright right at the moment, but I haven't given up yet," said cotton producer Rickey Bearden, who grows about two-thirds of his 9,000 acres without irrigation in West Texas. "We'll have to have some help from Mother's Nature."

    That the drought is looming over the Southwest while floodwaters rise in the Midwest and South reflects a classic signature of the La Nina weather oscillation, a cooling of the central Pacific Ocean.

    This year's La Nina is the sixth-strongest in records dating back to 1949.

    "It's a shift of the jet stream, providing all that moisture and shifting it away from the south, so you've seen a lot of drought in Texas," Mike Halpert, deputy director of the federal government's Climate Prediction Center in Silver Spring, Md.

    Texas Drought 2011: State Endures Driest 7-Month Span On Record
     
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    Between droughts and floods I guess we can pretty much expect the price of food to keep rising.

    Hard times coming for a lot of our neighbors, I suspect
     
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    So there was a worse drought over 100 years ago? Was that caused by man made global warming too?
     
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    Guess all that praying Rick Perry called for didn't do the job.
     
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    It is all Obamas fault.
     
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    Now he is asking for help from the federal government.

    I guess Rick doesn't want to succeed from the union anymore.
     
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    Texas turn to experience drought.............
     
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    Perry can't even pray straight, he missed and caused all that flooding in the MO ands MS rivers.
    Or perhaps God is punishing TX for something?
     

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