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State begins testing Balmorhea springs as Apache drills nearbyBy David Hunn Updated 2:02 pm, Friday, June 2, 2017The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is so concerned about a plan to drill thousands of oil wells around Balmorhea State Park in West Texas that it has embarked on an unprecedented environmental study of the springs that feed the park's famous pool, provides drinking water for thousands of people and supports one of the most sensitive ecologies in Texas.The study of the San Solomon Springs aims to monitor the effects of oil and gas drilling by Apache Corp. of Houston, which less than a year ago announced a major discovery, dubbed Alpine High, across 350,000 acres of desert surrounding the park. Parks biologists, hydrologists, geologists and administrators have mounted an in-depth, multi-year effort to monitor plants, fish, insects and water.They plan to cordon off habitat, overturn rocks, get out nets and count samples from every important species that depend on the San Solomon and other local springs, hoping that the baseline data will hold Apache responsible if anything goes wrong. Brent Leisure, the state parks director, said he could not remember ever launching a similar effort in another of the state's 95 parks, historic sites or natural areas."We have a rare and endangered resource there at the San Solomon Springs," Leisure said. "There's no doubt about it. It's an oasis. We just want to make sure it's protected."...
A perfect follow up to the con-man-in-chief's with drawl from Paris.
They plan to cordon off habitat, overturn rocks, get out nets and count samples from every important species that depend on the San Solomon and other local springs, hoping that the baseline data will hold Apache responsible...
And wastewater disposal.Sent from my iPhone using Big Bend Chat
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