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Friday, July 12, 2013

DOE - climate disruption should drive push for waterless fracking

A new U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) study describes (without the obvious irony) the severe and growing risks to the nation's energy sector from climate disruption and recommends specific actions to improve its resiliency.  

For oil and gas production - already facing water availability risks that will worsen, and increasing risks from disposing of water that it uses, DOE recommends:
Improved technologies to reduce freshwater use for fuels production—including for alternative or unconventional fossil fuels—by increasing utilization of degraded  waters  (e.g., produced waters) and nontraditional waters (e.g., brackish waters), or improving technologies for enhanced shale gas recovery such as dry fracturing processes (use of exothermic reactions instead of water to fracture shale).
The need waterless fracking to become the norm is becoming more obvious, and pushing toward it urgently makes business sense.  

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