I’ve read that it takes millions of gallons of water and perhaps 2,000 visits from a truck in order to drill a well. Finally came across something that puts that in perspective.
Let’s look at the water used to drill a well in terms of tradeoff. What else could we do with the water we use to drill and frack a well?
Looking only at the water input, with the same amount of water we could:
- Irrigate 57 golf courses in Palm Springs for one year, or
- Drill 4,161 wells in North Dakota that will produce 2.2 billion barrels of oil over the next 3 decades (4,161 wells as calculated below x expected lifetime product of 540,000 barrels per well)
The Economist has a 14 page special report on natural gas in their July 14 edition: An unconventional bonanza. I discussed that previously here.
The article Sorting frack from fiction, puts the water and truck traffic in perspective.
Consider this for water: Read more…