mindgarden saidSeems like a low-to-negative credibility source...
I agree. ...
I'm inclined to at least agree that a less suspect article would have perhaps been more appropriate, no?
I think lots of us appreciate the articles you post metta8, but it seems like (maybe just random sample bias on my part) that lately you've been sharing some relatively bankrupt pieces.
Fracking definitely uses water. As it is nearly 50% of water in the US is used for energy generation purposes though. That's not in itself something new. Though that doesn't mean every community fully calculates the cost when a new endeavor is suggested. The above is obviously biased.
Some (quick and dirtily pulled up alt sources):BoulderStand: Water Use for Fracking Not Necessarily a Net Losshttp://www.theboulderstand.org/2013/03/14/water-use-for-fracking-not-necessarily-a-net-loss/Source Watch: Fracking and water consumptionhttp://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Fracking_and_water_consumption#Fracking_and_water_shortagesPop Mechanics: top-10-myths-about-natural-gas-drilling; #2http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/energy/coal-oil-gas/top-10-myths-about-natural-gas-drilling-6386593-2#slide-2
"while there is some evidence that fracking has contributed to the depletion of water supplies in drought-stricken Texas, a study by Carnegie Mellon University indicates the Marcellus region has plenty of water and, in most cases, an adequate system to regulate its usage. The amount of water required to drill all 2916 of the Marcellus wells permitted in Pennsylvania in the first 11 months of 2010 would equal the amount of drinking water used by just one city, Pittsburgh, during the same period, says environmental engineering professor Jeanne VanBriesen, the study's lead author. Plus, she notes, water withdrawals of this new industry are taking the place of water once used by industries, like steel manufacturing, that the state has lost. Hydrogeologist David Yoxtheimer of Penn State's Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research gives the withdrawals more context: Of the 9.5 billion gallons of water used daily in Pennsylvania, natural gas development consumes 1.9 million gallons a day
(mgd); livestock use 62 mgd
; mining, 96 mgd
; and industry, 770 mgd
Fracking use: 1.6 mgd
Other: 928 mgd
I don't have strong opinions on this, but I'm cognizant of the fact that people aren't being straight on both sides...