An ambitious water pipeline is set to bring billions of gallons of water each year to the oilfields of West Texas. Nine counties signed off on the plan to bring the water in for fracking and for water supplies.
The water will make its way to West Texas from hundreds of miles away, where some question the pumping’s impact on the Devil’s River near Lake Amistad—near where the pumping will occur.
Those whose way of life is along the river say it’s worth protecting. “Anything that’s good about water. The clarity, the taste, the smell. No chemicals, no heavy metals,” said Devil’s River Outfitter Gerald Bailey. “It’s a baseline for the quality of all river water in Texas.”