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Shale gas drilling, or fracking, “requires massive amounts of water.”

The water companies – American Water and Aqua America – are leading drinking water suppliers in Pennsylvania, where drilling is booming. They also sell water to gas companies — which use a drilling technique that requires massive amounts of water — and have expressed interest in treating drilling wastewater, a potentially lucrative opportunity.— Guest Blogger Sarah Pavlus at Think Progress.

So even if water is not contaminated by drilling for shale gas, water resources will be depleted by the process.

Shale gas drilling, or fracking, “requires massive amounts of water.”

The water companies – American Water and Aqua America – are leading drinking water suppliers in Pennsylvania, where drilling is booming. They also sell water to gas companies — which use a drilling technique that requires massive amounts of water — and have expressed interest in treating drilling wastewater, a potentially lucrative opportunity.— Guest Blogger Sarah Pavlus at Think Progress.

So even if water is not contaminated by drilling for shale gas, water resources will be depleted by the process.