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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Drilling and regional watersheds....

"(Grand Rapids, OH)  Ohioans are beginning to realize that unconventional shale drilling uses a great deal of water, permanently ruining it for other uses.  But what they may not know is fracked gas and oil wells in Ohio are turning out to be less productive over time, with more water needed so the effects of water usage are rising. Now, each time a Utica well is fracked in Ohio, over seven million gallons of water is needed on average per well. This volume of water needed is steadily increasing as the long drilled laterals increase in length. As more and more water becomes necessary per unit of gas or oil produced, the cumulative effects are being seen. Very little water is recycled by the industry for re-use; most fracked water is lost to the watershed and beyond forever as it is turned into concentrated toxic and radioactive waste. [...]

Paul Rubin, a New York hydrogeologist and environmental consultant warns, “Public waters should not be provided to the gas industry.  The concept that this is a ‘beneficial use’ of these waters is seriously flawed.  Any use of public waters that will assuredly lead to the long-term contamination of the state’s aquifers, waterways, and reservoirs and should not be advocated in any way whatsoever. Public health is a major and very real concern.” Rubin’s warnings are supported by depictions of migratory pathways of frack fluids intersecting with groundwater flows. These figures show that groundwater and gas industry contaminants steadily move toward our major aquifers and water supplies, often well below thousands of feed of bedrock."

http://fwap.org/shale-drilling-destroys-regional-water-resources/

Pennsylvania is ahead of Ohio in the destruction of our watersheds by drilling... .