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Published on Tuesday, June 30, 2015
The amount of water required to hydraulically fracture oil and gas wells varies widely across the country, according to the first national-scale analysis and map of hydraulic fracturing water usage detailed in a new USGS study accepted for publication in Water Resources Research, a journal of the American Geophysical Union. The research found that water volumes for hydraulic fracturing averaged within watersheds across the United States range from as little as 2,600 gallons to as much as 9.7 million gallons per well.
USGS Press Release (6/30/2015)
AGU Technical Report: Hydraulic fracturing water use variability in the United States and potential environmental implications
Hydraulic Fracturing ("Fracking") FAQs
Project Website: Hydraulic Fracturing
Categories: All, Oil & Gas, Hydraulic Fracturing, Environment Aspects, Produced Waters, Environmental Effects, Type: Press Release, Type: Outside Publication
Tags: Environmental Health, Produced Waters, Environment Aspects, Hydraulic Fracturing
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