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Gas drilling in Lee County uses little water

By David Betts
Posted Friday, November 4, 2011

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Pittsboro, NC - Several gas wells in Lee County have been fracked with nitrogen. Relatively little water was used. In larger ongoing projects such as the Marcellus shale fracks in the northeast that use slickwater fracking, the overall water consumption has been lower than many observers feared.

U.S. companies are already engaged in purifying and recycling fracking fluids, a positive trend that makes economic sense and will continue. With proper oversight and encouragement, I believe the mining industry will be able to solve the myriad technical problems of horizontal fracking in a way that sustains energy usage, meets the legitimate expectations of informed citizens, and generates profits.

Amid hopeful signs that the U.S. is moving slowly toward a solar-hydrogen economy, fossil fuels should be fully utilized to maintain our hard-won, unparalleled standard of living and to bridge our difficult transition to a new way of life.

David Betts is a local home inspector and building contractor.

 
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