The Permian Basin and the Eagle Ford Shale are among the most prolific oil and natural gas producing regions in the country, yet these regions are under threat from restrictions related to a federal law known as the Endangered Species Act.
If oil and natural gas are the lifeblood of the Texas economy, the almost 440,000 miles of pipelines are the critical veins and arteries that keep the Lone Star State's economy pumping.
Natural gas is rapidly becoming the dominant fuel source globally. Spurred by massive production growth thanks to innovations such as hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and horizontal drilling, the United States recently overtook Russia as the world’s largest natural gas producer.
In Texas, oil and natural gas production is not only fueling jobs and the economy, but is also a significant contributor to the state’s education system. Simply put, energy production has helped make Texas public schools and universities some of the best funded in the nation.
Many of the environmental groups most active in Texas are also part of the “Keep it in the Ground” campaign, an extreme and fringe movement to ban the use of all fossil fuels.
Water used in energy development amounts to a little more than one percent of all water used in Texas. Water used for fracking specifically amounts to only about 0.5 percent.