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Hydraulic Fracturing & Water Stress: Water Demand by the Numbers

This report from investors shows that three-quarters of the 39,294 oil and shale gas wells hydraulically fractured between January 2011 and the end of May 2013 are located in areas where water is scarce and 55 % even in areas experiencing drought. Hydraulic fracturing is increasing competitive pressures for water in some of the most water-stressed and drought-ridden regions in the USA.

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Monika Freyman
Hydraulic Fracturing & Water Stress: Water Demand by the Numbers
CERES, Feb. 10, 2014
Ceres is a nonprofit organization mobilizing business leadership on sustainability challenges such as climate change and water scarcity.

See also:
Julie Schmit, Report: Fracking raising water supply worries. USA TODAY, Feb. 5, 2014
Suzanne Goldenberg, Fracking is depleting water supplies in America’s driest areas, report shows. The Guardian, Feb. 5, 2014
Ed Crooks, US shale under fire over thirst for water. Financial Times, Feb. 5, 2014
David Suzuki, Trading Water for Fuel is Fracking Crazy. EcoWatch, Feb. 18, 2014

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