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Mess in Texas: Holding Big Oil Accountable in the Lone Star State

In unincorporated West Texas, where oil derricks dominate the landscape, locals aren't sure about "drill, baby, drill" anymore.

As I approach Midland, Texas from the southeast the rolling hills give way to large, engine-revving trucks, their menacing grills reflecting the setting sun into my rearview mirror. The asphalt beneath my white Toyota Corolla seems to be melting into the petroleum-laden ground from which it had emerged: Not even the road was prepared for the heavy vehicles that showed up with the recent oil and gas boom.

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The Colorado River: Demand Has Now Outstripped Supply Colorado River Water Shortages: Present Concerns and Future Fears

The Colorado River has been a water source to 30 million people in seven states and Mexico. But it might not be for long. Alarming chart inside.

The Colorado River, a water source to at least 30 million people in seven states and Mexico, is drying up. It hasn't reached the sea in ages, and in 2002, for the first time, total demand for the river's water climbed higher than the total river's supply.

Last fall, to complement a Grist piece on the health of the Colorado River, we worked with the New Belgian Brewery to produce an infographic: "The Colorado River is Drying Up."

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