Read news articles, blogs and press releases about water and sustainability.
The Fracker’s Quest: More Water
Jun 17, 2013
- Hydraulic fracturing (aka fracking) has recast the U.S.’s energy future, but it’s also shining a light on fragile water supplies, which could crimp the industry’s growth.
Ford prepares for a water-scarce future
Jun 17, 2013
- Helen Keller said, "The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision." Her words were on my mind during a workshop at Ford Motor Company’s headquarters where Ford brought together some of its executives with outside stakeholders, kicking off a year-long effort to deepen its water strategy.
Fracking Can Strain U.S. Water Supplies
Jun 17, 2013
- As the level of hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells in the U.S. has intensified in recent years, much of the public concern has centered on fears that underground water supplies could be contaminated. But in some parts of the country, worries are also growing about fracking’s effect on water supply, as the water-intensive process stirs competition for the resources already stretched thin by drought or other factors.
Escalating Water Strains In Fracking Regions
May 30, 2013
- It’s bad enough that Western farmers and ranchers are reeling from a three-year-old drought and record heat waves. Now they’re feeling the heat from the goliath energy industry – over water
Ceres and World Resources Institute Join Growing Blue
May 29, 2013
- The World Resources Institute, a global non-profit organization that focuses on the environment and economic development, and Ceres, a non-profit group that mobilizes business and investor leadership on sustainability challenges, have become the newest members of the Growing Blue network.
Water Protection Gets Shortchanged in Proposed Fracking Rules
May 23, 2013
- Proposed standards that the U.S. Department of Interior announced for fracking on federal and Indian lands are important, especially in the arid West where water is gold. Unfortunately, water protection gets short shrift in the rules that, once finalized, will apply to 750 million acres of public lands.
As Oil and Gas Drilling Competes for Water, One New Mexico County Says No
May 09, 2013
- In drought-plagued New Mexico, water is gold. And this week, Mora County in the northern part of the state took a firm stand to protect its precious liquid: it banned all oil and gas extraction from county lands.
Spread of Hydrofracking Could Strain Water Resources in West, Study Finds
May 08, 2013
- The rapid expansion of hydraulic fracturing to retrieve once-inaccessible reservoirs of oil and gas could put pressure on already-stressed water resources from the suburbs of Fort Worth to western Colorado.
New Study: Hydraulic Fracturing Faces Growing Competition for Water Supplies in Water-Stressed Regions
May 01, 2013
- A new Ceres research paper on water use in hydraulic fracturing operations shows that a significant portion of this activity is happening in water stressed regions of the United States, most prominently Texas and Colorado, which are both in the midst of prolonged drought conditions.
Mixing Oil and Water: Scenes From the Texas Oil Boom, Pt. 1
Feb 13, 2013
- Advances in drilling technologies, most prominently hydraulic fracturing, have unlocked shale oil and gas resources previously thought unrecoverable and quite literally changed the American landscape.
Finding Water Where It Ain't
Oct 19, 2012
- West Texas is on the front lines of a changing climate, and scarce water is the most obvious symptom. Everyone - ranchers, farmers, water engineers - is talking about it.
KB Home wins EPA WaterSense Partner of the Year Award
Oct 10, 2012
- For the second year in a row, BICEP Member KB Home was awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency WaterSense Partner of the Year Award.
Forbes: "Last Call at the Oasis" is loud wakeup call on global water crisis
May 04, 2012
- The new documentary “Last Call at the Oasis” does far more than recount the alarming woes of our country’s most water-stressed regions; it’s a beautifully produced, detailed picture of an immense global crisis bearing down on us as we speak – and thankfully a roadmap of sorts to what we can do about it.