Many places across America lament the urban sprawl taking place in their midst. Meanwhile, parts of Texas have a different kind of sprawl to contend with – fracking sprawl. As can be seen in the photos taken as I flew home from Tucson two weekends ago, the numerous fracking sites are quite troubling – they almost look like a sea of new home building sites from the air.
Probably the most poignant photo (below) is the one showing the City of Andrews, Texas, where the town’s urban form is largely bookended by fracking sprawl. This is especially evident to the north of town, where the number of fracking sites in close proximity to each other looks almost like another town.
- Each and every fracking shale well site requires between 2 and 20 million gallons of water.
- The EPA estimates each [site] produces between 300 and 1,300 truck trips per well site.