Blog

ENERGY: UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS STUDY ADDRESSES HYDRAULIC FRACTURING WATER USE

December 30, 2013

By: Walter G. Wright

Category: Arkansas Environmental, Energy, and Water Law

Download PDF

The University of Texas has issued a December 19th news release referencing a new report by its researchers titled Natural Gas Saves Water and Reduces Drought Vulnerability, Even When Factoring in Water Loss to Hydraulic Fracturing.

A substantial use of water is often cited as a potential issue associated with hydraulic fracturing.

The University of Texas news release states researchers opine that the transition from coal to natural gas for electricity generation is saving water and making the State of Texas less vulnerable to drought. The news release also states:

Even though exploration for natural gas through hydraulic fracturing requires significant water consumption in Texas, the new consumption is easily offset by the overall water efficiencies of shifting electricity generation from coal to natural gas. The researchers estimate that water saved by shifting a power plant from coal to natural gas is 25 to 50 times as great as the amount of water used in hydraulic fracturing to extract the natural gas. Natural gas also enhances drought resilience by providing so-called peaking plants to complement increasing wind generation, which doesn't consume water.

The results of the University of Texas study are stated will be published in Environmental Research Letters.

A copy of the news release can be downloaded below.

The Between the Lines blog is made available by Mitchell Williams Law Firm and the law firm publisher. The blog site is for educational purposes only, as well as to give general information and a general understanding of the law. This blog is not intended to provide specific legal advice. Use of this blog site does not create an attorney client relationship between you and Mitchell Williams or the blog site publisher. The Between the Lines blog site should not be used as a substitute for legal advice from a licensed professional attorney in your state.