This is such an old story, but the new garb makes an interesting side-by-side comparison: a community faces tension as a new water user comes to town.
In Barnhart, in West Texas, it’s fracking for oil:
The Barnhart area has been hard-hit by drought, he said, just as surging oil and gas drilling activities have increased local water demands.
In Paso Robles, CA, it’s wine:
Where did the water go? Smith and other residents say it’s flowing freely into the area’s signature industry — wine.
Let us set aside, for a moment, the value judgments one might have about the newly produced products involved, and the fact that we love one while find the other abhorrent (I’ll let you decide which is which.).
What policies could be implemented in these communities to sort out the competing demands for scarce water?