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Spread of drilling likely to increase water competition, report says

By Bob Downing Published: May 2, 2013

Hydraulic fracturing or fracking may cause new water problems in the American West.

Drilling is growing in places where water supplies are already stretched thin.

The nonprofit group Ceres, in a report released on Wedneday, looked at 25,450 fracked wells and found that 47 percent are in areas that face high or extremely high water stress.

In those areas, 80 percent of the available fresh water is already being used in homes, farms and businesses.

The spread of drilling could lead to increasing competition among drillers, farmers and homeowners for water, said spokeswoman Monika Freyman.

It is already starting to happen and drilling companies may win because they can afford to pay more for water than the others, she ssaid.

Click  here  to see the full report.

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