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« Shale Sheet Fracking

Gimme Some Water...

By Mike Costarella (Contact)


Published May 1, 2012

According to ODNR Director, Jim Zehringer, Ohio will have 2,250 horizontal “fracked” Wells by 2015

in Eastern Ohio. Each uses two to six million gallons of water. Citing 5 million gallons per

well for easy math, 5 million times 2,250 = 11,250,000,000. That is 11+ billion. If no

improvements are made in recycling, or substitutes like propane and carbon dioxide gels, this

water will be injected into the earth.

The management of our water resources is parochial and competitive throughout Ohio. The closest

to an overreaching body that controls water is the Ohio Water Resources Council. This is a body

created by ODNR as “a forum for policy development, collaboration, and coordination among state

agencies, and strategic direction with respect to state water resource programs”, according to the

ODNR web site. Also related to water resource management is the ODNR Division of Soil and Water

Resources – Water Withdrawal Facilities Registration, for logging entities that withdraw water.

It was reported in the Salem News that the City of Salem is talking with Cheasapeake about selling

water from their municipal supply. Legislation is being debated in the Ohio General Assembly

concerning the amount of water a company can extract from Lake Erie per day. This legislation is

undoubtedly related to the water rush that will soon take place.

The drought of 1988 was one of the worst in US History. At its peak, the drought covered 45% of

the nation. Ohio's water reached record lows.

Water used by new supply chain businesses, hotels being proposed and imported families and

individuals may cause the need for planning to provide water to drillers from non-potable sources.

This will safeguard against future droughts and add stability and predictability to this

industry's plans. Such a source is the currently unutilized Girard Lakes. If the lower lake dam

was fixed and gravity fed pipes that lead from it to the Mahoning River valley were employed, this

area could offer up to a half million gallons a day. The water could be obtained in a location

that allows access to Interstates 80 and 680 and State Route 11. The Girard lakes have the

capacity of producing 5 million gallons a day if the water is extracted directly. The 5 million

gallons is coincidentally the same amount needed for a “frack” job. One “frack” a day while

keeping the drought away sounds like a worthwhile strategy.


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