In Texas, September wildfires swept through the town of Bastrop, outside Austin, destroying more than 1,000 homes. Thousands of cattle have been sold. The town of Big Spring, up the road from the oil hub of Midland, is planning to recycle wastewater for drinking; two of the reservoirs that supply the city are almost empty.
Now even a Texas state senator, Republican Troy Fraser, acknowledges that the gas industry is too thirsty.
Read the story here: Water in Texas: The thirsty road ahead | The Economist.