10 Sep '11, 4pm

Texas struggles to manage hydrofracking water use

Texas struggles to manage hydrofracking water use

In drought-stricken Texas, water shortages are impacting its burgeoning hydrofracking industry. Cities across northern Texas, grappling with water shortages, are limiting water provided to hydrofracking operations. Arlington is considering rate increases, and both Grand Prairie and Midland have stopped selling water to hydrofracking operations altogether. Two major operators, the Canadian firms Encana and Trican Well Service Ltd, have acknowledged the issue: the former is investing millions in water reuse technology because the latter has been asked by customers to stop using freshwater for extraction. In what is arguably the understatement of the year, the CEO of Trican states: "It's [water supply] has been an issue for most of 2011." Water utilities and regulators have put restrictions on residential, commercial, and agricultural water use, and now they are turning to hy...

Full article: http://www.earthtimes.org/energy/texas-struggles-manage-h...

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