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Texas to Study Drilling Impact on West Texas Springs

by Will Brackett

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has embarked on an environmental study to monitor the effects of oil and gas drilling on the springs that feed a famous pool at Balmorhea State Park in West Texas.

Brent Leisure, the state parks director, tells the Houston Chronicle that he could not remember ever launching a similar effort in another of the state’s 95 parks, historic sites or natural areas. They’ll monitor plants, fish, insects and water.

Calling the San Solomon Springs “a rare and endangered resource,” Leisure says “we just want to make sure it’s protected.”

Read more of the story from the Associated Press here

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