Sunday, May 4, 2014

How Much Water Does It Take To Frack a Well?


In 2013, the average total water volume for a
fracturing event at a Pennsylvania unconventional
well site was 5,365,363 gallons - the equivalent
of 670 full tanker trucks.

This is a 25% increase when compared to the
average volume of water used per event in 2012
(4,259,693 gals).

Our review of fracturing events shows the highest
water usage recorded was nearly 19 million gallons.

On Feb 15th, 2012, The DCNR 595 6H well in Bloss
township Tioga county, operated by Seneca
Resources Corp, used 18,754,176 gallons of water
for a fracturing event - enough to fill over 2,340
tanker trucks.

The fracturing report for the DCNR well indicates
the following items were included in the fracturing


2,301,243 gals. | Propant / Silica
17,702 gals. | Acid / Hydrochloric Acid
4,332 gals. | Friction Reducer / Hydrotreated Light Distillate
677 gals. | Biocide / Sodium Bromide (partial list)
516 gals. | Corrosion Inhibitor / Ethylene Glycol, (partial list)

Complete report details, including additive
concentrations, total concentrations, and
ingredient trade names can be viewed by
members at:


Just remember: The water used in fracking is never ever ever returned to the hydrologic cycle and can never ever be used again for human use.  It may be recycled to be re-used in another frack job, but eventually even recycling is not enough to remove salt.  The frack water/waste must be disposed of.  But where?  Who wants it?

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