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  • moneyonomics moneyonomics Mar 25, 2013 10:31 PM Flag

    ECA applies for water permits to drill 13 MI wells with longer laterals over next two years

    "...TRAVERSE CITY — An energy company intends to use a process called deep hydraulic fracturing in 13 new wells in Kalkaska County to aid its search for natural gas, an effort that will require more than 300 million gallons of groundwater for production...."

    "....Encana spokeswoman Bridget Ford said the company follows state regulations. The company has two years to drill wells once they obtain approval."

    "The water withdrawals we initially applied for were based on the current data that we had,” Ford said. “Under the DEQ guidelines, we did request additional water once we obtained additional data about the lateral length of our wells. We were still within the guidelines of the (state’s) water assessment tool for each of the wells we’ve completed to date....”

    This was taken from an article where folks were "concerned" about the water permits

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    • 300 million gallons.... sounds a bit over the top????

    • Am I missing something here? It seems to me we have two choices with water: 1. Let it run off to the ocean or 2. Use it in fracking to recharge the ground. Surface run off kind of causes erosion,too....So, fracking in the sense of water conservation is kind of a positive IMO. Every time I visit my friends in San Antonio I get all this noise about the importance of the Edwards aquifer in that region and the need to keep its' water level high.....

      • 1 Reply to hachi05man
      • You sure are missing a lot here!
        We need clean surface water to survive. Agriculture needs the same. Do you eat fish? Shrimp, crab?Lobster? The run off is critical to estuaries where a whole lot of sea food breeds or their food breeds.
        The ecological systems that produce seafood are millions of years old and very complex and inter-related. Screw them up and millions of folks starve...they will never recover in many cases.
        Look at the stats on fish catches. Notice the successive collapse of fisheries all around the world.
        Marine ecologies as well as fresh water systems can produce huge volumes of food forever, as long as we don't screw them up.
        An oil or gas field only produces energy for a few years and is exhausted.

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