Here’s a great example of why we need to have clear priorities and conserve resources in order to meet the demands placed by a growing population. In Colorado, where drought has made water even scarcer than usual, there’s not enough to go around. Farmers need it to irrigate their crops; drillers need it to frack for gas. In an interesting analysis, one farmer says,
Maybe in a straight financial analysis of return on investment, but that’s still a strange view when comparing natural gas to food.
It will be interesting to see how battles like this play out, especially as gas companies use their resources to buy land with their eye not on mineral rights but on water rights.