In the Barnett Shale water provided to oil and natural gas producers was 0.54% of 2011 total water use in Texas. Completion of a Barnett well requires as much water as a golf course uses in 20 days, or that is used on a mere six acres of corn in a growing season.
2010 estimates from the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission show hydraulic fracturing annually using 0.08% of water supplied in Colorado, about 1/1000th the water required each year for agribusiness in the state, and only 1 ½ percent of the water required by the state’s recreation industry alone.
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August 30, 2012
The use of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to safely and responsibly develop energy from shale has delivered on its promise of jobs and economic growth for communities across the nation. And the industry is committed to working with communities to address the challenges that come with any economic activity.
One such issue is water use, something that the industry takes very seriously, working closely with local, state and regional officials to get it right. When it comes to drought, the most important aspect regarding water use is not necessarily how much is used in the world or the nation, but rather how much is used where. And we have some answers there…