The Stream, June 21: Fracking Disclosure

The New York Times reports on the lingering drought in Texas. The current dry spell has heightened the stakes in a long-term planning battle over water from Lake Buchanan and Lake Travis, which feed the lower Colorado River as it runs southeast to the Gulf of Mexico, and has pitted cities like Austin against rice farmers near the Gulf.

Meanwhile, the heaviest rain since February has brought relief to the drought in some parts of the United Kingdom, but restrictions remain in force, the Guardian reported. Most of the rainfall came in south Wales and the southwest of England, two of the areas worst hit by the dry spell.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has signed into law a bill that will require energy companies to disclose the chemicals they use on every hydraulic fracturing job in the state, The Wall Street Journal reported. Oil and gas drilling is a key industry in Texas. Will shale gas drilling become transparent nationwide?

Rapid population growth stands in the way to solving Pakistan’s bubbling water crisis, a Foreign Policy analysis says.

Government price controls and export restrictions are adding stress to Bolivia’s agriculture, which has already been battered by drought, floods and wildfires, the Associated Press reports. Other Latin American countries are also suffering bad weather.

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