Tight water supplies in parts of the U.S. hit by drought threaten the water-intensive process needed to frack shale, reports online news site Politico.
Politico: " ... as energy companies vie to exploit vast reserves west of the Mississippi, fracking’s new frontier is expanding to the same lands where crops have shriveled and waterways have dried up due to severe drought.
"In Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Wyoming, the vast majority of the counties where fracking is occurring are also suffering from drought, according to an Associated Press analysis of industry-compiled fracking data and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s official drought designations.
"While fracking typically consumes less water than farming or residential uses, the exploration method is increasing competition for the precious resource ..."
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Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
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