Rumsfeld 9-11 breakfast; Texas fracking

(9-11-2001, ~8:45 a.m.)  On the opposite side of the Pentagon, Rumsfeld was hosting a breakfast in his private dining room with Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz for a group of congressmen to talk about defense budget proposals.  In his second tour of the Pentagon, Rumsfeld was not noticeably lacking in confidence, and he had ruffled the feathers of many senior officers with his aggressive push to “transform” the military.  Some of the congressmen expressed doubt about the wisdom of supporting an expensive missile-defense program, saying the public was more concerned with issues such as Social Security.  Rumsfeld leaned forward across the table and forcefully lectured the congressmen.  He predicted that before the 2002 election, some crisis would bring the voters’ focus back to national security. “Something can happen in this world that can jar people, and they’re going to start looking at who understood that,” Rumsfeld warned. Wolfowitz said much the same, predicting an “ugly surprise,” like Iran testing a nuclear bomb or North Korea firing a long-range missile.   -Steve Vogel:  The Pentagon, 2007, p. 428, at p. 579 of Vogel’s notes he states as source:  “Rumsfeld, author interview, 19 Apr. 2006”

In Vogel’s 2008 edition of this same book, p. 428 has been deleted–no Rumsfeld breakfast with congressmen!!
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Texas fracking–water usage (see charts by clicking on links)
Farming and cities are still the biggest users of water, the report found. But it warned the added demand for fracking in the Eagle Ford, at the heart of the Texas oil and gas rush, was hitting small, rural communities hard.
“Shale producers are having significant impacts at the county level, especially in smaller rural counties with limited water infrastructure capacity,” the report said. “With water use requirements for shale producers in the Eagle Ford already high and expected to double in the coming 10 years, these rural counties can expect severe water stress challenges in the years ahead.”
Local aquifer levels in the Eagle Ford formation have dropped by up to 300ft over the last few years.
A number of small communities in Texas oil and gas country have already run out of water or are in danger of running out of water in days, pushed to the brink by a combination of drought and high demand for water for fracking.
Twenty-nine communities across Texas could run out of water in 90 days, according to the Texas commission on environmental quality. Many reservoirs in west Texas are at only 25% capacity.
Nearly all of the wells in Colorado (97%) were located in areas where most of the ground and surface water is already stretched between farming and cities, the report said. It said water demand for fracking in the state was expected to double to 6bn gallons by 2015 – or about twice as much as the entire city of Boulder uses in a year.
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/feb/05/fracking-water-america-drought-oil-gas
……………………………………………………June 11, 2013 Texas Water Use: http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2013/06/11/after-rice-farmers-cut-off-water-use-cut-in-half-in-central-texas/
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