Anadarko, Encana, Pioneer, Apache Have Greatest Fracking Water Risks by Environmental Leader, February 7, 2014
Anadarko, Encana, Pioneer and Apache have the highest exposure to water exposure risks among hydraulic fracturing companies, according to a report by Ceres. But many more companies connected to fracking face long-term water sourcing risks, according to the non-profit. These include the top three service providers, Halliburton, Schlumberger and Baker Hughes, which handle about half of the water used for fracking in the US. Investors also have exposure to these risks. Nearly half of the wells hydraulically fractured since 2011 were in regions with high or extremely high water stress, and over…. [Emphasis added]
As Drought Continues, Farmers Fear Feds Could Seize Water by sanfransisco.cbslocal, January 28, 2014
With no end in sight to California’s drought, farmers in the San Joaquin Valley fear federal officials could seize water in the San Luis Reservoir intended for their crops. The Fresno Bee says dropping reservoir levels across the state are leading to struggles over water set aside via the Central Valley Project, a federally-run network of reservoirs, pumping plants and canals. That includes about 340,000 acre-feet of water stored at San Luis Reservoir.
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A proportion (25% to 100%) of the water used in hydraulic fracturing is not recovered, and consequently this water is lost permanently to re-use, which differs from some other water uses in which water can be recovered and processed for re-use.