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Fox and Hounds | July 22, 2014 | by Eric Eisenhammer
Intent on ignoring facts and spreading hysteria, ideological opponents of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, have seized on the state’s drought as an excuse to demand a moratorium. Never mind that fracking doesn’t even use much water. Now, scientists with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife are warning that streams harboring endangered salmon and steelhead could go dry for an entirely different reason – because of the heavy water consumption of marijuana growers. During growing season, marijuana consumes 60 million gallons of water a day. That’s 200 times more water than is used in hydraulic fracturing operations and 50% more than consumed by the entire city of San Francisco.
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