Oil and Gas Development

September 2, 2014--Water stress may curtail fracking, says WRI (BBC News)

Water shortages could hinder fracking for shale oil and gas in many parts of the world, the World Resources Institute (WRI) has said. In the first report of its kind, the WRI found that 38% of the world's shale resources were in arid areas or in those with severe water stress. Accessing fresh water was likely to present "serious challenges", it said.


Animas Watershed Partnership Joint Meeting (Farmington, NM)

09/04/2014 6:08 pm

A joint meeting of the Animas Watershed Partnership, San Juan Watershed Group, and Mountain Studies Insitute. Featured presentation will be Katya Hafich with the Colorado Water and Energy Research Center.


August 14, 2014--Water study for US West oil & gas usage undertaken by Golder (Oil & Gas News)

Oil and gas exploration and production in the US Western states uses less water compared to other public and private sector activities, according to a study released by Western Energy Alliance that was conducted by Golder Associates, a global consulting, design, and construction services firm.


August 14, 2014--Oil and gas compromise puts final nail in coffin for public trust initiatives (Telluride Watch)

The last of 2014′s trio of Public Trust Doctrine initiatives died last week along with three other ballot initiatives that were pulled as a result of a compromise announced by Gov. Hickenlooper and Boulder Congressman Jared Polis.


July 25, 2014--Oil and gas companies look to deep aquifers for water (KUNC)

Applications to the state to use deep aquifer water for hydraulic fracturing are surging in Colorado. Before 2011 there were no applications for oil and gas use. Since 2011 though, property owners have applied to use 35,600 acre-feet of aquifer water for oil and gas development, according to the Colorado Division of Water Resources.


June 10, 2014--Severe water shortage in West fails to stop fracking at gas wells (NBC News)

Critics of fracking, may have hoped drought-ridden states might be inclined to shut down the oil and gas extraction method that uses huge amounts of water. But just last month, in the midst of the worst drought in California's history, the state Senate killed a bill that would have put a moratorium on the state's use of hydraulic fracturing.


May 26, 2014--Water concerns could limit US oil, gas development, speakers say (Oil & Gas Journal)

The oil and gas industry needs to respond more effectively to public concerns about safe water supplies if it expects to realize US unconventional resources’ full potential, speakers at Deloitte LLP’s 2014 Washington Energy Conference warned.


February 8, 2014--Don’t blame frackers for American water shortages (Oman Observer)

For 25 years, US specialists in international relations have been predicting water shortages will become a source of conflict. But the real water wars are brewing at home, where farmers, environmentalists and the oil and gas industry are falling out over water supplies in the drought-stricken Southwest.


February 6, 2014--Fracking is draining water from US areas suffering major shortages - report (Reiuters)

Some of the most drought-ravaged areas of the US are also heavily targeted for oil and gas development using hydraulic fracturing - a practice that exacerbates water shortages - according to a new report.


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