Drought in California is no reason to ban fracking

Drought in California is no reason to ban fracking

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin | May 16, 2014 | by Tim Rutten

By California standards, fracking is hardly a water-intensive activity. The average oil well brought into service here through hydraulic fracturing consumes 116,535 gallons of water and produces tens of thousands of barrels of oil for decades to come. That’s significantly less water than it takes to maintain a family of four for one year — 146,000 gallons — and astronomically less than it takes to water an average California golf course for just one day: 312,000 gallons.

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