17th Jul, 2012

Musings on Fredericksburg TX Real Estate, Texas Oil & Water

Fredericksburg Texas real estate in the Hill Country is semi-protected from the heated debates about the advantages and disadvantages of obtaining oil through the process called “fracking.” However, discussions have reached the doorstep of our Fredericksburg TX homes.

A forum about the Llano Uplift Aquifers Groundwater was held today, July 17, 2012, at the Hill Country University Center in Fredericksburg. Sponsored by the Texas Water Development Board, the agenda included an introduction to Groundwater Availability and an overview of the Llano Uplift. Stakeholders in Gillespie County and Fredericksburg Texas land participated.

At the April 12th Texas Water Symposium in Kerrville, policymakers, scientists, water resource experts and regional leaders gathered a few miles west of our Fredericksburg real estate. Participants agreed that water is the most valuable natural resource feeding Texas Hill Country land and ranches. Many are concerned that fracking in surrounding areas may contaminate our precious resources and devalue our properties.

In Texas, the closest area of concentrated fracking is located south of San Antonio. Between Fredericksburg Texas homes and the largest shale deposits lies the important Edwards Aquifer. It borders the southern and southeastern edges of Texas Hill Country. Closer to our homes and ranches in Gillespie County are the Trinity Aquifer Recharge Zone to the southeast and the Edwards Aquifer Contributing Zone, which is on the southwest side of Kerrville.

Technical advances and horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing or fracking has created a natural gas boom in many states. According to an April 2012 article by Harold D. Hunt in “Tierra Grande: Journal of the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University,” the Eagle Ford Shale is one of the most productive formations being tapped today. The 400-mile-long formation passes through 24 counties in Texas. It is 50 miles wide and stretches from the Mexican border to North East Texas.

Although these new oil leases are generating over $2.4 billion in 2010 and employing thousands, those who object to the drilling are concerned that the water supply will be compromised. The Aquifers are located below the surface at approximate depth of 250-750 feet. Fracking wells bore down to almost 7,000 feet and turn horizontal. Fracking fluid is injected at high pressures creating small fractures that release natural gases.

Across the nation, ongoing federal, state, and local battles are shaping the fracking industry. The Bureau of Land Management will be issuing restrictions. Localities would like to alter the federal rules or create their own to create a win/win equation for their communities. The alternative could mean shutting down a huge sector of the economy, especially in the Rocky Mountains, before it really gets going.

Some may say that the industry improves land values and the well-being of our citizens. Other sare nervous. Hopefully, the experts will find a happy medium: a safe and efficient way to extract the fuel while protecting the Aquifers.

To find out about Texas Hill Country homes for sale, please call Dale E. Cook, MBA and owner of SAGE – Premium Texas Real Estate in Fredericksburg at (830) 992-0056.

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