quote: Levels of vital aquifers that serve local communities near Eagle Ford have dropped by up to 300 feet in the last few years.
quote: A separate study published this week found that the industry does a very poor job recycling fracking water in Texas. Researchers at the University of Texas’ Bureau of Economic Geology found that 92 percent of water used in 2011 to frack Barnett Shale in north central Texas was “consumed,” and not recycled. Only about five percent of all water used for fracking in that area has been reused or recycled in the “past few years.”
quote: Translation: the oil/gas industry is literally drying up water supplies in areas where such supplies are already scarce to begin with.
quote: Translation: for every liter (1000ml) of water used in fracking, only 50ml is ever returned to the water system; the rest of the water is used to extract oil/gas.
quote: Thats a stretch only the oil and gas industry is using that waters aquifer?
quote: All water is returned back to the "system"
quote: But i you start using extra water from wells that all ready pump up more water then get replenished, as i read that many southern states have declining water tables, the extra consumption of fracking can make something thats all ready a (big) problem, a acute one.
quote: Imagine, in this day and age in the US shutting the water supply off for 50 thousand people!
quote: The numbers here say that about half is used for cooling nuclear power stations
quote: So imho its more that siconik with his 410 Bgal/d number is creating more FUD then the article.
quote: Report: Parts of U.S. Experiencing Water Shortages Due to Fracking
quote: 97 Billion (Dr Evil) gallons per year sure sounds scary!0.00067% of USA's annual water consumption (410 billion gallons/DAY!), not so much
quote: Precious water? Water is the most common thing on this planet.
quote: If will was there, we could set up new nukes to power enormous desalination plants. There's no ultimate reason we should run out of clean water in rich countries...
quote: Fresh water is the most precious thing in the world.
quote: That said... The article has completly missed the point
quote: Fresh water shortage is going to be one of the US's major problems in the 21st century
quote: So basically until that day comes, FRACK it!
quote: But fracking in a single well can require millions of gallons of freshwater.
quote: What isn't so funny, is being able to light your tap water on fire with a lighter, or having to buy bottled water shipped in because your well ran dry. Both directly related to fracking.