The New York Times tries to gin up a fight over water resources between Colorado farmers and oil and natural gas companies – but ultimately the article defuses itself as readers learn that: a) the amount of water used for hydraulic fracturing oil and gas wells is small compared to other state uses; and b) money paid to localities by energy companies for water is a pretty valuable revenue stream.
The Times starts by setting a scene:
"A new race for water is rippling through the drought-scorched heartland, pitting farmers against oil and gas interests, driven by new drilling techniques that use powerful streams of water, sand and chemicals to crack the ground and release stores of oil and gas."
Sounds pretty dramatic, no? The article goes on to say that it takes up to 5 millio... more »