26 Apr '15, 12pm

How Much Water Does The California Oil Industry Actually Use?

While the amount of water used by the California oil industry is small compared to the amount used for agriculture, Gleick says it should be part of the discussion about how to address the state’s looming water crisis. “We certainly need to look at how much water is required and used by the oil industry in California, especially in a drought,” he says. That being said, the bigger issue with water use by the California oil industry is on the other end, when the produced water and other fluids from enhanced oil recovery techniques like fracking have to be disposed of. “We really need to shine a spotlight on what I think are the even larger threats of groundwater contamination, and water quality problems posed by produced water and wastewater,” Gleick tells DeSmogBlog. “I think those are the really big threats.” California is embroiled in an ongoing controversy over 2,500 oil...

Full article: http://www.desmogblog.com/2015/04/26/how-much-water-does-...

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