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Article posted: 6/16/2013 4:07 PM

Fracking fuels water fights in nation's dry spots

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Farmer David Schwabauer, a partner/manager of Leavens Ranches, a fourth-generation avocado and lemon grower, tours his property irrigation system in Moorpark, Calif. The Schwabauer family has been considering allowing energy companies to drill new exploratory wells in their orchards in Moorpark, in the arid foothills just east of coastal Ventura, Calif.

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But now, as energy companies vie to exploit vast reserves west of the Mississippi, hydraulic fracturing's new frontier is expanding to the same lands where crops have shriveled and waterways have dried up due to severe drought.
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