Agriculture Leader Responds to Special Interest Attacks on Energy Production

Agriculture Leader Responds to Special Interest Attacks on Energy Production

July 15, 2014

In response to baseless attacks about water use for energy production, Californians for Energy Independence today issued the following statement:

“No one is more concerned about the availability of freshwater in our state than agriculture and California’s farmers.  It’s the lifeblood of our industry. The fact is that hydraulic fracturing uses very little water in California – less than 1% of all water used. And, the US EPA has found no evidence that it is a threat to groundwater.  Misinformation should not be driving policy,” said Barry Bedwell, President, California Grape & Tree Fruit League.

The amount of water used in hydraulic fracturing in California is quite low compared to other uses for water because water is typically used once during the life of a hydraulic fracturing well.  In fact, all hydraulic fracturing in California in 2013 used the same amount of water needed to keep one golf course green for one year.

A Bakersfield Californian column highlighted a unique water partnership program between oil producers and agriculture.  The column described the program as, “…a great way to handle excess water from oil production and helps out agriculture, particularly in years like this. A true win-win for Kern’s two main economic engines.”

64.5 MILLION acre feet Total amount of water usage statewide for residents, agriculture and businesses, according to PPIC.
323 acre feet Total amount of water used in the 830 wells that were hydraulically fractured in 2013, according to FracFocus.org
.0005% Total percentage of water used in 2013 for hydraulic fracturing

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