As I recall, it takes on the average 3-5 million gallons of fresh water to frack a Barnett Shale well. While this is a lot of water, no one seems to want to address the fact that most of this water is taken from our ecosystem/water cycle, never to be returned. It is contaminated and pumped thousands of feet underground in disposal wells at extreme pressures, never to be seen or used by man ever again, unless it shows up contaminating a freshwater aquifer.
With 4 percent to 36 percent of all the water used in North Texas being forever removed from available water supplies, how long before this yearly impact becomes a grisly impediment to our very existence? Although it is generally cheaper for producers to pump this wastewater underground rather than reclaim it, this must be stopped. Deliberate depletion of such a precious resource as fresh water, and additionally imposing inevitable risk of aquifer contamination, cannot be further tolerated. This frack water must be reclaimed, and use of disposal wells minimized!
It may be only my opinion, but I saw what I believe was irreparable damage done to our underground aquifers by the drilling industry during 1950s. I feel the potential for an even greater disaster looms if we continue to squander one of the most precious resources on earth, our fresh water supply. Drink deeply – while you still can.
Larry M. Jones is a retired Navy commander and aviator who raises cattle and hay in the Brock/Lazy Bend part of Parker County. Comments may be directed to email@example.com.