Looking at issues of disposal of fracking wastewater
- This is a great article about the problems of disposal of waste waterfrom fracking. The author writes in the context of examining a certaincompany that has a pipeline idea to move water in and back for treatment.Disregarding that company emphasis, which one should do, it is agreat detailed discussion of the problems of acquiring water to frack anddisposing of the waste water as it reemerges from the drilling holes.The story of the contaminated waste water in composition sounds verysimilar to the waste water from oil sands except fracking water maybe nastier.I would argue that you should read the article as it is quite detailed andimpossible to summarize in a few paragraphs.Against this background, we do need to keep in mind that the US hasbecome heavily reliant on this same oil and gas source to keep it'seconomic engine running. There is no returning to conventional oil andgas without severe economic issues. I ran into an EIA chart showingthat over half of the US natural gas is now "fracked" in origin asconventional gas fields decline in output.Where do we go from here? All options carry heavy price tags.