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Category: Recycling

Fracking companies begin slow shift to recycling wastewater

September 03, 2014 Posted by Chris Wysong

A years-long drought has depleted water supplies across prime drilling areas in South and West Texas, causing oil and gas companies to begin recycling wastewater to curb the strain of the hydraulic fracturing boom. Fracking companies begin slow shift to recycling wastewater By: James Osborne MIDLAND Its not just oil and natural gas that comes out of the ground here. For every barrel of oil pumped to the surface, more than another barrel of water from deep within the earth comes up alongside it. With a hue that ranges from gray to black and an odor that resembles gasoline, the water is typically pumped into disposal wells thousands of feet underground. All the while, hydraulic fracturing operations pull billions of gallons of fresh water a year from aquifers that also supply water to cities and farms. With a years-long drought depleting water supplies across prime drilling areas in South and West Texas, pressure on oil and gas companies has been ramping up. Early indications are

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