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Duke Researchers: Fracking Uses Less Than 1 Percent Of Total Industrial Water

(September 17, 2015, 2:52 PM EDT) -- DURHAM, N.C. — Researchers at Duke University announced Sept. 16 that according to a study they performed, energy companies used nearly 250 billion gallons of water to perform hydraulic fracturing operations between 2005 and 2014, which comprises less than 1 percent of total industrial water use nationwide.

(Abstract available. Document #94-151013-006X.)

Water Use

The fracked wells also generated nearly 210 billion gallons of wastewater, the researchers said.

While fracking an unconventional shale gas or oil well takes much more water than drilling a conventional oil or...
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