|Kayaking at Wysox, PA|
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two million gallons would fill a one-acre pond to the depth of six feet, two inches.How many tanker trucks would be required to haul two million gallons of water? Barrett estimates it would take 400 loads, each carrying 5,000 gallons (20 tons). Here's another visual: A million gallons would fill a football field surrounded by a wall 3.71 feet high and filled to the top with water.
Wikipedia says it takes 660,000 gallons of water to fill an Olympic-size swimming pool. You could fill that pool more than three times every day with a reservoir of two million gallons, Barrett calculates.
Now think of how many gas companies are all lined up day after day, night after night, sucking water from our rivers, streams, and lakes. In Bradford County, PA, there are many water withdrawal sites in operation. Companies apply to the Susquehanna River Basin Commission and get permission to
Do we want to take all this water, a finite resource, and throw it away by the millions of gallons every single day in thousands of places? The scale, the enormity, of this situation is mind-boggling. So those who would minimize the impact of consumptive water use are not thinking about the big picture. I think it is the seduction of the Almight Dollar at work.
Here is the Rocket-Courier article: LINK