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Frack Target: Barnett Shale
Water Resources at Stake: Red River, Brazos River, Colorado River, Rio Grande, Pecos River, Lake Whitney, Red Bluff Lake
Oil and gas drilling is nothing new in Texas. But as drilling rigs move ever closer to populated areas, air quality problems loom large for local residents. Today there are over 12,000 gas wells in the Barnett Shale surrounding the Dallas-Fort Worth area. In addition to the wells, infrastructure such as compressor stations are springing up near the drill sites, adding to air quality problems. In towns like DISH, TX – where 11 high-pressure gas pipelines and their associated compressor stations all converge – residents have reported serious health impacts and severely degraded air quality.
Below is a map of some of the high profile incidents ("fraccidents") related to the country's gas drilling boom that have already occurred in and around Texas. Click on any fraccident to learn more.
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