Isaac Orr: Fracking and water |

Isaac Orr: Fracking and water

The guest column by Scott Costa, “Fracking and the California drought,” published on July 20, was an interesting read, but the article failed to put the amount of water used in the hydraulic fracturing industry into perspective. And, as a result, he overstated the impact of fracking on California’s water resources.

Seventy million gallons of water seems like a lot until you realize it amounts to only 0.0069 percent of all the water used in California, a tiny fraction of the state’s overall water use.

Lastly, the Water Board concluded injecting produced water into disposal wells has not contaminated water used for drinking or irrigation. The nation needs to have a fact-based discussion about fracking.

Isaac Orr

Waupaca, Wisc.

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