Clean Water Action, an environmental advocacy group, contends in its report that the nation's top oil-producing state doesn't really know how many injection wells are affecting drinking water or the full impact.
The Texas Railroad Commission has let the petroleum industry inject oil and gas waste into groundwater for decades without the required federal approval, a national environmental group says. Officials with Clean Water Action said the failure of oversight on the part of the state and federal governments may have contaminated future drinking water sources.
Central Texas is drought-free. The Highland Lakes are full and for the first time in years, Austin was on the brink of ending its water use restrictions.
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The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is asking for bids on oil and gas leases for 36,000 acres of federally owned land, including under Lake Somerville, Brenham’s water source.