Coal mine water might prove to a viable source of water for hydraulic fracturing or fracking in Pennsylvania, says a study by the RAND Corp.
The report was commissioned by the pro-drilling Marcellus Shale Coalition, after such a possibility was raised in late 2011 at a roundtakle discussion hosted by RAND.
The use of mine water could prove to be a safe, efficient and environmentally friendly way to find enough water for the fracking in the future, said Kathryn Z. Klaber, president of the coalition.
Using such water is technuically viable because it is abundant, near drilling sites and would require only minimal treatment, the study says.
Additional reserach would be needed to determine the full technical and economic viability of such a move, the study says.
Existing laws and regulations discourage the use of mine water and any legal or regulatory changes to encourage use must be carefully considered, the report says..
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