TV News LIES

Thursday, May 05th

Last update05:20:13 AM GMT

You are here News Environment Fracking is depleting water supplies in America's driest areas

Fracking is depleting water supplies in America's driest areas

E-mail Print PDF

frackingAmerica's oil and gas rush is depleting water supplies in the driest and most drought-prone areas of the country, from Texas to California, new research has found.

Of the nearly 40,000 oil and gas wells drilled since 2011, three-quarters were located in areas where water is scarce, and 55% were in areas experiencing drought, the report by the Ceres investor network found.

Fracking those wells used 97bn gallons of water, raising new concerns about unforeseen costs of America's energy rush.

"Hydraulic fracturing is increasing competitive pressures for water in some of the country's most water-stressed and drought-ridden regions," said Mindy Lubber, president of the Ceres green investors' network.

Without new tougher regulations on water use, she warned industry could be on a "collision course" with other water users.

"It's a wake-up call," said Prof James Famiglietti, a hydrologist at the University of California, Irvine. "We understand as a country that we need more energy but it is time to have a conversation about what impacts there are, and do our best to try to minimise any damage."

It can take millions of gallons of fresh water to frack a single well, and much of the drilling is tightly concentrated in areas where water is in chronically short supply, or where there have been multi-year droughts.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


Lawsuit Seeks To Force EPA To Regulate Fracking Waste

Lawsuit seeks to force EPA to regulte fracking wastesEnvironmental advocates filed suit against the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday, an attempt to force the...

Alberta declares emergency as fires threaten Canada oil town

Fort McMurray fireAlberta declared a state of emergency Wednesday as crews frantically held back wind-whipped wildfires that have...

Alberta fire evacuees moved a 2nd time as weather shifts

Alberta firesA raging wildfire in the Canadian province of Alberta has moved south, forcing three more communities...

Local fracking bans struck down in Colorado

State law trumps fracking banA Colorado Supreme Court ruling enforcing state jurisdiction over oil and natural gas activity has "enormous...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!