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MICHIGAN Fracking wells used 42M gallons of water

Published: Mon, February 25, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press


Three deep hydraulic fracturing wells in northwestern lower Michigan’s Kalkaska County have used 42 million gallons of water in the past two years, according to a published report.

The water-use figures for the hydraulic fracturing operations were based on public documents and interviews, the Traverse City Record-Eagle reported.

The process, also known as fracking, uses high- pressure mixtures of water, sand or gravel and chemicals to crack open rock formations and release oil and gas.

The wells are run by Encana Oil & Gas wells in Excelsior Township, about 25 miles east of Traverse City. Some environmental groups and county residents have expressed concern about the water use.

“They are gigantic water consumers, and there are enormous wells,” said Paul Brady, who lives a few miles away. “I’m concerned about the water, just like everyone else should be.”

Frac Focus, a nonprofit group created by industry and environmentalists to provide factual information on hydraulic-fracturing activity, has a website that allows energy companies to publicly document details about their wells, including water usage. It shows that one of the Kalkaska County wells used 21.1 million gallons of water and two others a combined 20.9 million gallons.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality monitors water use at the wells and said the amount of water being used fits within the range of safe ground- water withdrawals.


1glbtactivist(298 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Just a few years ago I remember not being able to water my garden or wash my car due to a shortage of water in Youngstown. Now I hear the water department will be selling millions of gallons of water to fracking companies. We can't drill wells to get water for our gardens because injection wells are contaminating that water. Guess we just got sold down the drain again.

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276Ytown(1318 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Only 1% of earth's water supply is suitable for drinking water. The Great Lakes hold 20 percent of the world’s fresh surface water.

Water from fracking can never be returned to the watershed.

Contaminated water is sent to water treatment plants that discharge into our lakes and streams further polluting our water.

Industry documents show that 6 percent of the wells leak immediately and that 60 percent leak over time, poisoning drinking water and putting the powerful greenhouse gas methane into our atmosphere.

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3bunkpatrol(287 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Spare me the bumper sticker defense and answer me this. Since you are referring to demand, would these companies invest in new equipment, patents, lobbying(political favor), and give up their subsidies and dirty investments if we demanded clean sustainable energy ? Didn't think so because we've been demanding sustainable clean energy for decades. These companies won't give up their fat profit margins and will continue pedaling poison for profit.

It's because YOU SUCK that you frack....

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476Ytown(1318 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Solutions and technology have existed for years to increase fuel efficiency but then that would cut into big oil profit.

VW makes a car called the Passat Bluemotion 1.6 TDI, and - according to published specs and eyewitness accounts - the vehicle is capable of getting 72-78 miles per gallon under normal load and driving conditions. But you can't get one in the U.S. You can, however, get one in Europe.


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