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Frack Water Recycling Increasing With Texas Drought

by Kenneth E. DuBose on September 7, 2011

Frack water recycling is on the rise as operators face rationing in the worst drought in decades. Texas also has a wildfire problem to contend with. The state needs rain! That’s the only way to say it. The drought is straining more than oil & gas operations in the state.

Looking for the silver lining, we hope advances in water conservation will prove commercial even when we’re not in a drought.

The worst drought Texas has faced in more than a century has Calgary energy firms active in the southern state on watch.

Water is so scarce that hydraulic fracturing (fracking) has become a target for rationing.

The widespread process producers employ to make natural gas flow from tight rock requires millions of litres of water per well, including in the Barnett shale play in the state’s north and especially in the hot Eagle Ford shale in the south.

Natural gas producer Encana Corp. and service firm Trican Well Service Ltd., both Calgary-based, are finding other ways to source water that’s becoming pricier as it’s harder to find.

Read the full news release at calgaryherald.com

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