Whose water?

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The economy in Loving County, TX is almost wholly reliant on oil and gas drilling. Fracking infrastructure sprawls across the landscape, punctuated by little blue rectangles. These are frac pits, or plastic-lined pools of water intended for fracking use. Their contents come from aquifers shared between Texas and neighboring New Mexico. Fracking one well can use upwards of one million gallons of water, and water conservation laws are tight in New Mexico. So most water is pulled from these aquifers by Texans, and now they're selling it back to fracking enterprises in New Mexico. Above and below, the geometry of sprawling fracking is visible, as well as the frac pits from which water lines cross the Texas-New Mexico border.

Caroline Binley