Eagle Ford Shale Boom: Blessing or Curse? Impact on the South Texas Environment

Why is this not my grandfather's oil boom? asks Cuero-native Sr. Elizabeth Riebschlaeger. The use of fracking in the Eagle Ford basin has brought both benefits and challenges to the communities in the region.

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This class will cover a basic introduction to hydraulic fracturing and the dangers it poses to the air, water and soil quality in the area. The impact of water shortages will be discussed by Alyssa Burgin of the Texas Drought Project. These experts will teach us what we can do to change course and preserve the region's environment for the future.


Sr. Elizabeth Riebschlaeger, CCVI, is a member of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. She was born and raised in Cuero, Dewitt County, Texas, today the most productive area of the Eagle Ford Shale. As a local environmental activist, she has observed first-hand the frustrations among residents over issues of air toxicity, water quality and waste disposal.


Alyssa Burgin, Director, Texas Drought Project, has shared her extensive knowledge of Texas water issues with Texas communities and the legislature. She has partnered with Sr. Elizabeth in researching the issue of fracking in the Eagle Ford Basin and whether we have enough freshwater to sustain it.

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