Author: Galbraith, Kate
Source: The New York Times
Company Name: ConocoPhillips
Number of pages: 2
Last summer, near the height of the most intense drought in recorded Texas history, ConocoPhillips officials grew concerned. The company operates an oil refinery near the southeastern town of Sweeny, and its major water source, the San Bernard River, was getting drier.
ConocoPhillips was hardly the only industrial plant scrambling to secure more water because of the drought, which still covers more than 90 percent of Texas and has caused many plants to focus more on conservation.
As ConocoPhillips and other plants in Texas work hard to reduce water use, it is becoming clear that conservation may not be enough. So companies are looking into groundwater.