I wrote to the reporter and told him about GasFrac. Here is the text of my e-mail.
I read your piece about how drought may slow down drilling that uses hydrofracking. You made one major omission: There is another process that can be substituted for hydrofracking. That is the use of liquid propane gas to complete the wells rather than water. The process is used by a completion contractor called Gasfrac Energy Services out of Canada. It uses the liquid propane gas developed by Chevron instead of water in the Gasfrac proprietary process. Further, once the liquid propane is injected into the shale, it converts back into a gas, so it comes out of the ground with the oil. It does a better job of fracking and it does not leave behind water deposits that hamper collection of oil. In short, it gives a better result while using no water. GasFrac has recently opened offices in Texas and has a waiting list for its services for the next year or so in that area. Estimates are that in 2012, the annual revenue of the company from liquid propane fracking will exceed $500 million.
You also should know that the use of liquid propane rather than water resolves all of the problems that have led environmentalists to complain about hydrofracking in many areas. GasFrac is the wave of the future in this area.
If you need further information about the company, I suggest that you check out their website. www.gasfrac.com
Even in Texas, they're becoming wary not only of where they get the water but also about where it goes once the hydrofrackers have loaded it up with salt, biocides and naphtha. The people in Texas are many things, but one of them is that they are smart enough to know that the water that gets dumped into the river runs on down into another reservoir for somebody else's irrigation and drinking water, and in Texas there's almost always a whole lot of miles to go before surface water can become somebody else's problem (not always so much in Pennsylvania, but they've been learning faster than expected, too).