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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.


1CongressWatcher(225 comments)posted 4 years ago

This is an article talking about how a water shortage in PA temporarily halted drilling operations http://marcellusdrilling.com/2012/05/...

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2walter_sobchak(2595 comments)posted 4 years ago

If the effluent from our wastewater treatment plants has had secondary, and in some case, tertiary treatment, this water would be adequate for such uses. Many of the states in the south and southwest use effluent for irrigation and even in toilet flushing in large buildings.

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3Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 4 years ago

It's all about the benjamins. As long as the right people make the right amount of money they would sell our souls for the almighty dollar. We already seen increases in the water bill in the city and now the are selling it to Aqua and soon for fracking. Create the low supply and raise the demand for water and its like gas they can charge what they want. If there is anything left thats drinkable.

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4Attis(1114 comments)posted 4 years ago

No Water, No Life.It's that simple, that is why this parasitic fracking must be banned.

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5Owlguin(50 comments)posted 4 years ago

Sounds like an opportunity to me. Yes, many municipalities are treating and reusing wastewater these days, primarily for irrigation where, unlike regular water, it has no restrictions on it's use.

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6rocky14(816 comments)posted 4 years ago

Irrigation as in food supply? That's why I don't by from Mexico.
Now in America?

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7Mike(13 comments)posted 4 years ago

I use work for one of these gas crews. We would scout out a source and drop a hose. As long as we could get a truck in it was a viable source. The only time permission was asked is if we had to pull trucks on private property. If we could reach a body of water from the road, we were in.

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8McFly(1 comment)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

If one inch of rain falls over all of Mahoning county that equates to 7 Billion 344 million gallons of water. I think we can handle it.

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