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Indiana’s plan to pipe in groundwater for microchip-making draws fire

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🗞️ Driving the news: Indiana's plan to create a new industrial park for microchip firms faced a setback due to concerns over water supply
• The proposed solution, piping water from a distant aquifer, sparked worries about depleting groundwater resources

🔭 The context: This situation reflects the growing tension over water resources amid urban expansion, industrial demands, and limited groundwater regulation, exacerbated by climate change and extreme weather events

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The debate in Indiana highlights the critical balance between economic development and environmental sustainability, especially in managing vital resources like water in the face of climate change and industrial growth

⏭️ What's next: Indiana has postponed any action on the water pipeline until comprehensive studies are conducted
• This delay may lead to more stringent groundwater regulations in the state

💬 One quote: “We’re not against economic development and growth, we just want to make sure our citizens in our area are protected and our precious resources are protected,” (Sharon Negel, Indiana State Rep)

📈 One stat: The proposed water transfer could amount to as much as 100 million gallons per day, compared to Lafayette, Indiana's daily usage of 17 million gallons

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