SDSU hydrologist

WATER SHORTAGE RAISES CONCERNS OVER WATER-HOGGING USES INCLUDING FRACKING AND MAJOR DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 3, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – The Governor’s order imposing mandatory water cuts of 25% statewide amid this fourth year of drought has prompted media reports asking why water-hogging uses are still being allowed.  With wells running dry, farmers’ fields lay fallow and ordinary Californians are being asked to conserve water, should many millions of gallons of water use be allowed for fracking by oil industries, major energy and development projects?