Drought raising water costs, scarcity concerns for shale plays

The most widespread drought across the US in more than 50 years is calling attention to the volume of water that the oil and gas industry uses for hydraulic fracturing in shale plays, forcing drillers to pay higher prices and to seek alternate water sources. Concerns about water availability have joined the public's fracing-water conversations, which previously focused primarily on whether frac fluid chemicals might contaminate ground water supplies. Water regulators in Pennsylvania told natural gas drillers to stop withdrawing water from certain streams in the Marcellus shale. One Dallas independent spoke with OGJ about how the drought is making it harder to buy water for fracing in the ...

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