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Global Shale Gas Development: Water Availability and Business Risk

In this study the WRI provides unprecedented global information on freshwater availability for governments and businesses considering shale development.

Key findings:

  • 38 percent of the world’s shale resources face high to extremely high water stress or arid conditions.
  • 386 million people live on land above shale plays—increased competition for water and public concern over hydraulic fracturing is more likely in densely populated areas.
  • In China, 61 percent of shale resources face high water stress or arid conditions.
  • In Argentina, 72 percent of shale resources face low to medium water stress.
  • In the United Kingdom, 34 percent of shale plays face high water stress or arid conditions.

Bibliography:
Paul Reig, Tianyi Luo, Jonathan N. Proctor
Global Shale Gas Development: Water Availability and Business Risk
World Resources Institute, Sep 14

See also:
Anastasia Pantsios, Groundbreaking Study Shows How Demand for Water Could Impact Fracking Worldwide. EcoWatch, September 2, 2014
Pilita Clark and Ed Crooks, Water shortages pose larger than expected threat to shale gas. Financial Times, Sept. 2, 2014

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