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Monday, June 17, 2013

Fracking Is Already Straining U.S. Water Supplies


Some of America's most intensive oil and gas development is occurring in drought-prone regions where water is scarce.

As the level of hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells in the United States has intensified in recent years, much of the mounting public concern has centered on fears that underground water supplies could be contaminated with the toxic chemicals used in the well-stimulation technique that cracks rock formations and releases trapped oil and gas. But in some parts of the country, worries are also growing about fracking’s effect on water supply, as the water-intensive process stirs competition for the resources already stretched thin by drought or other factors.

Every fracking job requires 2 million to 4 million gallons of water, according to the Groundwater Protection Council. The Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, has estimated that the 35,000 oil and gas wells used for fracking consume between 70 billion and 140 billion gallons of water each year. That’s about equal, EPA says, to the water use in 40 to 80 cities with populations of 50,000 people, or one to two cities with a population of 2.5 million each.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...


I was shocked.

the other day i spoke with a retired gent he informed me that his son was involved in the latest energy source industry.

After a discussion it be came clear his son had been involved in fracking for over a decade!!!!.

this absolutely blew me away as to me it seemed to be a recent issue

with this he grinned & said thats the current rummer or perceived opinion.

HETT

PS to confirm the recent use of the word "fracking" your google blog spell checker flags up a spelling ERROR.