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“Global Water Shortage: Study Says Third of Aquifers Running Dry”

NBC_News_2013_logoCalifornia isn’t the only place where water is in short supply. More than a third of the world’s groundwater basins are distressed, according to a new study, and climate change and a growing population will only make things worse.

“New rule clears way for NM oil producers to reuse water”

AP_logo-SMNew Mexico regulators have adopted a rule allowing oil and gas developers to reuse water produced during drilling operations.  The state Oil Conservation Commission says the rule will reduce the industry’s use of fresh water by promoting recycling and reuse. The rule includes requirements for the storage of so-called produced water and for the protection of fresh water sources.

“Why fresh water shortages will cause the next great global crisis”

The GuardianAcross the globe, reports reveal huge areas in crisis today as reservoirs and aquifers dry up. More than a billion individuals, 1 in 7 people on the planet, now lack access to safe drinking water.

“America Is Running Out of Water”

Vice_Media_Logo_2015Although most Americans believe water scarcity occurs only in countries where Angelina Jolie campaigns for peace, two of the world’s most overexerted rivers are right here in the United States. According to the World Resource Institute, both the Colorado and Rio Grande suffer from extremely high stress, meaning that we annually withdraw more than 80 percent of each river’s renewable water supply, and at least a third of the US exhibits medium to high water stress or greater.

“Report: Fracking raising water supply worries”

USA-TodayThe water-intensive process used to extract oil and gas from shale underground — known as hydraulic fracturing or fracking — has required almost 100 billion gallons of water to drill more than 39,000 oil and shale gas wells in the U.S. since 2011, says Ceres, a green investment group.

“Fracturing water worries prompt cleanup push”

houston_chronicle_logoThe oil and gas drilling boom that has sent thousands of workers and rigs into North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Arkansas and Texas now is spurring another gold rush, as companies jockey to clean up the briny, metal-laden water that pours out of wells nationwide. The potential prize is huge, because the hydraulic fracturing process that is key to unlocking new oil and natural gas reserves involves blasting millions of gallons of water, along with sand and chemicals, deep underground to break up dense rock formations and unlock the hydrocarbons trapped inside. The push for water recycling marks a change for many oil and gas producers. “This is so attractive because the money relative to the volumes of water is so high.”