June 7 News: Texas Oilfield Town Slammed By Drought Runs Out Of Water

A small town in West Texas suffering drought and increased water demands from oil and gas drilling has run out of water, and the residents are “pretty P.O.’d.” [Texas Tribune]

Barnhart, a small community in West Texas, has run out of water.

John Nanny, an Irion County commissioner and an official with Barnhart’s water supply corporation, said on Thursday that the situation was serious. When reached by telephone, he was working on pumping operations and hoped to have a backup well in service Friday morning. A load of bottled water was on its way to the community center, he said.

The town has one main well that serves 112 customers, according to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. But the well stopped pumping quickly enough Tuesday evening, and while there is still some water in it, Nanny said, “We don’t want to get down to the mud.”

Nanny said he had checked for a leak but had not found one. The Barnhart area has been hard-hit by drought, he said, just as surging oil and gas drilling activities have increased local water demands. …

The residents of Barnhart are “pretty P.O.’d” about the water situation, Baker said.

New Mexico has approved an extraordinarily low power purchase agreement for the new Macho Springs solar project — cheaper than new coal plants. [Renewable Energy World]

Bloomberg New Energy Finance estimates there’s 113 gigawatts in untapped geothermal capacity across the globe. [Bloomberg]

In Central Europe, “torrents of rain have produced another once-in-a-lifetime disaster, barely a decade after the last.” [New York Times]

The large wildfire north of Los Angeles, now largely contained, destroyed 53 structures. [USA Today]

Scientists are delving into cave formations to see if their climate models are accurately reconstructing the past. [MoJo]

This summer, scientists will undertake a critical campaign to measure atmospheric emissions from plants and animals and how forest fires influence climate change. [Boulder Daily Camera]

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said there were no plans to open offshore drilling to the Atlantic. [The Hill]

Tropical storm Andrea crossed Georgia en route to the Carolinas, bringing heavy winds, rains, and flooding. [ABC News]

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Republicans would offer amendments to get the Senate to vote on the approval of the Keystone pipeline, even as Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) holds up a vote on the nomination of Gina McCarthy lead the EPA. [The Hill, The Hill]

The House GOP is asking the EPA about allegations from conservative groups that it has shown a bias against the groups in whether or not a fee is waived for FOIA requests. [The Hill]

Shocker: fossil fuel executives are skeptical of climate change. [Guardian]

The Obama administration added 60 days to the public comment period on the new fracking rules on public lands. [Washington Post]

Two bills in the North Carolina state legislature are going head-to-head over whether to maintain the state’s fracking moratorium. [News & Observer]

When looking at how efficient vehicles really are, should “miles per gallon” be retired for “gallons per mile”? Crazytown. [Washington Post]

Australia broke records by using $4.2 billion to invest in clean energy, creating 24,000 jobs, and ending up with 13 percent total [Renew Economy]

The American wind industry managed to thrive last year despite uncertainty about the future of the wind production tax credit. [Economist]

A Senate bill would allow homeowners that purchase energy-efficient homes to qualify for larger mortgages due to the projected energy savings. [New York Times]

Quote of the day:

“The media gets confused because they don’t believe in facts, and public policy people get confused because they don’t believe in innovation. … The thirst for information is ultimately the solution to the problems we talk about here. You can hold back knowledge, you cannot prevent it from spreading. You can lie about the effects of climate change, but eventually you’ll be seen as a liar.” -Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, speaking about reducing carbon emissions


42 Responses to June 7 News: Texas Oilfield Town Slammed By Drought Runs Out Of Water

  1. You’re missing a link for the New Mexico macho springs solar project!

  2. Mike Roddy says:

    The oil companies don’t care if those townspeople die of thirst. Priorities in Texas go like this: Rich people, oil, cows, and, at the bottom, everybody else.

  3. Zimzone says:

    You forgot football, Mike.
    I would submit it falls between oil & cows…

  4. Zimzone says:

    Some fracking operations currently use up to a 1,000,000 gallons of water per day.
    As our aquafers are drained or depleted, our unending thirst for fossil fuels will perhaps leaves us with just oil to drink.

  5. prokaryotes says:

    The Amish Are Getting Fracked
    Their religion prohibits lawsuits—and the energy companies know it

  6. Colorado Bob says:

    A love letter from the hometown paper to Roy Spencer

    Disputing cause of global warming makes UAH researcher ‘world’s most important scientist’

  7. Paul Magnus says:

    Mann say ‘maybe’ we are over the edge. Maybe….
    Scientist have to start being realistic man.

  8. Paul Magnus says:

    You hear Mann finding it very difficult to relate the devastation that we now face in the audio… maybe.

  9. Colorado Bob says:

    Whales Dying At Record Pace Off Argentina’s Coast

    South America’s Southern Right Whales are dying in record numbers off the coast of Argentina’s Patagonia region and scientists are struggling to figure out why.

    Read more:

  10. Colorado Bob says:

    Although Southern Right Whale populations are recovering, many threats affect their present and future in our oceans,” The WCI said on its website. “Most importantly, Southern Right Whales are dying in unprecedented numbers on their nursery ground at Península Valdés in what are the most extreme mortality events ever observed in any baleen whale.”

  11. prokaryotes says:

    Fossil fuel bosses say the darndest things on climate change
    From Nikki Williams to Gina Rinehart, coal, oil and mining bosses use their platform to trivialise the climate problem

  12. Paul Magnus says:

    Rising energy prices will challenge western way of life – MoD report
    South-east Asian economies’ growing demand for energy and resources could lead to long periods of recession in the UK

  13. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    As the Cree Indian prophecy foretold.

  14. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    Signs of The Collapse are proliferating. A crash of the plankton in acidic waters, perhaps.

  15. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    Gina ‘Rhino’ Rinehart, that monument to motherhood, is a real chip off the old block of her late, hugely unlamented, sire, Lang Hancock.

  16. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    The bottom 3% of the intelligence distribution?

  17. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    This is another aspect of The Collapse. Oil prices reaching near US$150 in 2008 was one of the precipitators of the ongoing GFC. Prices returning to that level will do the trick again. Economic growth is now out of the question, because it triggers resource depletion limitations, to add to the costs of ecological collapse, record inequality and debt, and global neo-imperialist war, and others too numerous to mention. Meanwhile elite predation only grows more vicious, so a future of mass immiseration, poverty and inequality is absolutely certain. Just when it provokes revolt is the question.

  18. prokaryotes says:

    Which raises he question…

    Who is the fool, the people who follow him or the fool?

  19. Colorado Bob says:

    BELFAST, Maine — Maine seabirds – including the iconic Atlantic puffin – may be in trouble. Researchers are concerned about starving chicks and dead birds that washed up this winter off Cape Cod and Scotland.

    Lately, the razorbill, a species related to puffins, has been demonstrating unusual behavior as well. The seabirds veered far south of their normal migration patterns this year and ended up in Florida instead of the Gulf of Maine for the winter.

    Dr. Steve Kress, the director of the National Audubon Society’s Seabird Restoration Program, said that the troubling events coincided with warmer water temperatures along the eastern seaboard and abnormally big storms such as last fall’s Superstorm Sandy.

  20. Peter says:

    Gotta say it: Let them drink oil! I hear if you burn oil you get water and carbon dioxide. Almost like a Dr. Pepper.

  21. Colorado Bob says:

    MANHATTAN, Kan., June 6 (UPI) — Persistent drought in North America has caused “a conservation crisis” for native fish communities, a Kansas State University researcher reported.

    Biology Professor Keith Gido and his team studied state and federal endangered and threatened fish species in river ecosystems including the Arkansas, Kansas, Gila, San Juan, Red and Platte rivers, a university release reported Thursday.

    “A couple of key species that we have been studying have virtually disappeared where they historically were abundant,” Gido said.

    Read more:

  22. Merrelyn Emery says:

    But it will reduce emissions drastically -not the best way to do it but beggars can’t be choosers, ME

  23. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    By definition species are fit to their environment. When that changes, those individuals better suited to the new conditions proliferate, and those not slowly die out. The process happens over millennia. When it happens quickly, as now, there is a mass extinction event, as we can see, and it takes millions of years of renewed stability to recreate the previous diversity. What happy times we live in!

  24. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    The greater and lesser fools, a quasi-theological question, like how many angels can dance on a pinhead’s head.

  25. Merrelyn Emery says:

    I had a mouthful of Dr Pepper once – I’ll take the oil, ME

  26. David B. Benson says:

    A solar PV utility scale project with busbar rates of merely US$5.79/MWh! Will wonders never cease?

  27. David B. Benson says:

    Missed a decimal point: US$57.9/MWh. Still very good.

  28. Colorado Bob says:

    Read the seed closely , we have ‘chopped’ our rivers so well, that fish cannot escape a life threating event, on top of the drought.

  29. Colorado Bob says:

    I have written up post at NewsVine, I have been there since Jan. 2007 . Filing what I believed were ‘proofs’ that man is changing a 60,000 foot deep shell . ……………..
    Please read –

    We all just bought a bus ticket to “Jurassic Park”

  30. Colorado Bob says:

    I follow what you folks do , but I watch the animals as well , they are miles ahead of us.
    This is my 4th, or 5th plead to Joe Romm, get a biologist on this blog.

  31. Paul Magnus says:

    yikes. how does this all happen and people like obama get away with in action.

    My bet is still on for collapse around 2020. It obiously is well underway now.

  32. Paul Magnus says:

    The straw that broke the insurance industries back and resolve….

    “Recovery is going to be costly. The Wall Street Journal suggests the cost of the European floods could surpass that of the devastating floods of 2002, which totaled nearly $20 billion (paywall protected). Reuters reports that the Czech Insurance Association estimates the damage in that country at more than $381 million so far.

  33. prokaryotes says:

    A new, Spanish-designed submarine has a weighty problem: The vessel is more than 70 tons too heavy, and officials fear if it goes out to sea, it will not be able to surface.
    And a former Spanish official says the problem can be traced to a miscalculation — someone apparently put a decimal point in the wrong place.

  34. Merrelyn Emery says:

    Bob, I watch the animals and the plants as well. It’s mayhem and madness down here, ME

  35. Merrelyn Emery says:

    Bob, I watch the animals and the plants as well. It’s mayhem and madness down here, ME

  36. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    No. Doubt. About. It!

  37. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    You’re referring to Parliament, aren’t you. Point of order! Those are ‘vegetables’, not mere ‘plants’.

  38. Eric Schmidt said: “You can lie about the effects of climate change, but eventually you’ll be seen as a liar.” It should be noted that Schmidt supported Mitt Romney for President. So, it appears that, by his own inadvertent admission, he supported a liar.