There are 97 species (67 animal, 30 plantlife) in Texas named on the ESA list, as well as 10 candidate species and another 62 awaiting a 12 month finding.
Since 2013, the Texas Legislature has appropriaed $10 million for research on Texas species
Water use for energy development in Texas is expected to decline significantly—more than 16 billion gallons per year—in the coming decades.
Natural gas provides a critical and flexible backstop for intermittent renewable power that’s increasingly being added to the Texas electric grid. Since renewables are also non-water-intensive, this further helps reduce water consumption in Texas.
Natural gas production has been an economic boon for Texas. This is especially true in North Texas, which is home to the Barnett Shale, one of the largest producing natural gas fields in the world. According to a study released in 2014 by the Perryman Group, the Barnett Shale has helped support more than one million Texas jobs since 2001, generating $120 billion in total economic impact over the same period, and $11.2 billion in tax revenue for local governments.
The fact that energy production is a key part of the Texas economy is nothing new. But natural gas development in Texas has another important benefit that is often overlooked: it helps conserve precious water resources.
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