Aerial view of fracking.

Water use in fracking soars — exceeding rise in fossil fuels produced, study says

by Phil Mckenna, Insideclimate News

As the fracking boom matures, the drilling industry’s use of water and other fluids to produce oil and natural gas has grown dramatically in the past several years, outstripping the growth of the fossil fuels it produces.

A new study published Wednesday in the peer-reviewed journal Science Advances says the trend—a greater environmental toll than previously described—results from recent changes in drilling practices as drillers compete to make new wells more productive. For example, well operators have increased the length of the horizontal portion of wells drilled through shale rock where rich reserves of oil and gas are locked up.

Read more: https://insideclimatenews.org/news/15082018/fracking-environmental-impacts-data-water-usage-oil-natural-gas-sand-pollution-study?utm_source=InsideClimate+News&utm_campaign=6fda3e7c69-&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_29c928ffb5-6fda3e7c69-327824881

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