Report Sheds Light On Fracking’s Health Effects in Texas
Newly released data suggests that oil and gas companies may not have enough water to continue fracking at the current rapid pace in drought-stricken South Texas, where population growth is also creating a strain on water supplies.
Ceres, a Boston-based sustainability advocacy group, recently released a study with some of the most comprehensive data to date on the volume of water used for fracking in various oil and gas-rich areas nationwide. Below is data for the 10 counties in Texas where energy exploration companies used the most water for fracking during 2012, compared to the amount of total water used by those counties in 2011. Total county water usage data is not yet available for 2012 from the Texas Water Development Board.
The amount of water used for hydraulic fracturing in Texas is less than 1 percent of the state’s total water use. But in at least one county, the amount of water used for fracking in 2012 was more water than the entire county used in 2011. And in other counties, fracking water use in 2012 equaled at least half of the county’s water usage in 2011.