How much water does fracking use up?

June 18, 2012


The COGCC and water barons have been busy making plans for Colorado water resources. Here’s some light reading in a report jointly prepared by the Colorado Division of Water Resources, the Colorado Water Conservation Board, and the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission

Water Sources and Demand for the Hydraulic Fracturing of Oil and Gas Wells in Colorado from 2010 through 2015

“In 2015, [water use for fracking] is projected  to increase by 4,800 acre-feet to slightly more than one-tenth of one  percent of the total water used.”

I’m no expert but the comparisons here seem skewed. Frack water is untreatable and can’t be used for anything other than fracking.  So even though snowmaking uses 5,300 acre-feet/year most of it goes back into the environment. It doesn’t make sense to compare that with almost 14,000 acre-feet/year used for fracking when none of it is returned to the environment — unless it leaks or spills.

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