According to a recent University of Texas study, drilling operations are using an increasing amount of water - a key part of the fracking process.
Although the recent drilling boom suggests this rate would continue to skyrocket, a 97-page study, funded by the Texas Oil and Gas Association asserts that around 2020 the amount of water used for fracking will begin to level off; a prediction based upon the rapid development of wastewater recycling technology and a decrease in the drilling boom.
The new study may deter some from the environmentally dangerous process, Jean-Philippe Nicot, a research scientist with the Bureau of Economic Geology and the lead author of the study, announced that the latest information, “doesn’t change the high-level picture,” as gas companies will continue to use water during their fracking operations until restrictions are imposed upon them.
This newest report will be closely tied to the state’s new water plan, due in 2017.
While few sanctions for wastewater have hit gas companies so far, the backlash against the brackish water left in the wake of fracking has recently come under criticism across the country.