Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Eagle Ford Water Issues In Depth: Changes On The Way

Water issues In The News
A Comprehensive Study of Water Management Planning in
the Eagle Ford Shale

Texas Oil & Gas
Accountability Project
Amid increasing scarcity of water
supplies, the immense quantities of
water required for hydraulic fracturing
are not sustainable. Huge volumes of
water are needed to extract shale gas.
Estimates range from 1.5 million to five
million gallons of water per well, and
wells may be refracked several times
over the life of each well. Recently, the
oil and gas industry announced a new
12-stage completion method that uses
over 9 million gallons of water per

San Antonio Current
Final projections for the Eagle Ford have since been
shifted up as high as 45,000 acre-feet (14.6 billion
gallons) at peak production — now expected to hit
seven years earlier in 2024. Last year, the formation
required around 6,000 acre-feet of water. This year’s
activity has been considerably more demanding that
that, creating a market for water sales from the
region’s ranches.

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