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Nosing around on the internet today, in the midst of research for the next installment of The Play, our series on the impact of the Eagle Ford Shale, I came across an interesting bit from the Oil and Gas Investments Bulletin.

With the Eagle Ford Shale still pumping crude out of its oily heart, you'd think that's would be the main interest of the industry for the foreseeable future. But according to this blog, you've got another think coming.

Because of the nature of the formation, the Eagle Ford Shale requires tons of water to get it fracked and flowing, using way more than the Barnett Shale in North Texas. On top of that, the Eagle Ford keeps most of the water pumped into it, because low pressure makes it hard to recover. Add the fact that the state has been through a crippling drought in the past year - the rice farmers won't be getting water from the Lower Colorado River Authority r for the first time in its 78-year-history - and the odds are good that water is going to be a thing, one of the big political issues as the interests of landowners and oil companies continue to collide.

Running out of water is one of those things that seems unimaginable, until it gets pretty close to happening and you have to actually start envisioning it. Here on the coast, you'd think water wouldn't be an issue, but with all of the fracking going on in this agricultural region, it may well become one in the future. It's something to keep an eye on, definitely.

Side note: "Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink," doesn't really apply here, but it's a pretty good bit of poetry.