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The Times Standard | April 20, 2014 | by Dave Quast
Hydraulic fracturing in California uses an average of 160,000 gallons of water per well. That’s about one-fifth of an Olympic-sized swimming pool. In fact, in 2013 the California Department of Conservation reported hydraulic fracturing used slightly more than 300 acre feet of water in a year. For context, California’s golf courses use 140,000 acre feet and agriculture used 34 million acre feet. Not to mention that oil development actually produces water, which is sometimes treated and sold to agriculture.
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