Drought affects Kansas oil drilling

esh_gaAugust 10, 2012

It's bad enough that drilling affects the environment around it - just because we can't do a better job of finding new energy sources.

Now they are begging and buying water to keep going in the midst of a severe drought! Precious water resources diverted to extracting OIL.

Oil companies drilling in the drought-ridden fields of southern Kansas are taking desperate measures to get the water they need to tap into the state's oil reserves.

Huge amounts of water are required to extract oil, especially when companies use hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which requires millions of gallons of water to crack the shale rock and bring oil to the surface. But now that the entire state is in emergency drought status, with only 1.19 inches of rainfall last month -- the 10th driest July on record -- unprecedented water shortages are making it difficult for drillers to get the water they need.

Some companies are paying farmers for any remaining water they have left in their ponds, drilling their own water wells, digging ponds next to streams or trucking in water from as far away as Pennsylvania -- all of which is costing them a handsome sum of money and time.

But many landowners aren't as willing to give up their water now that supplies have become so scarce.

"Farmers are scared about the water supply, too," said Jeff Gordon, CEO of Texas Coastal Energy Co., a small oil company that began exploring in Kansas last year. "They are now saying, 'We need to save our water for our crop and our livestock.' "

What will it take to move away from our dependencies on oil, dependencies that are now making other natural disasters even worst.

Here is a link that might be useful: CNN

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bboy(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

>just because we can'tCan't, or won't?

    Bookmark   August 10, 2012 at 12:39PM
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You're right, bboy. It is "won't".

    Bookmark   August 10, 2012 at 1:53PM
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The other side of the issue is the 'produced water' that comes out of these fracked gas wells. Contains chemical residue from the secret ingredients, a lot of salt, may well be radio-active, and is considered, under Colorado Law, a toxic waste. Now that's Colorado - other states get to decide themselves.

Getting rid of the produced water is a big issue - that was the cause of the earth quakes earlier in PA when they injecting vast amounts of the stuff way under ground.

In some places, it gets dumped, killing everything it touches.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2012 at 3:23PM
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Elly_NJ(NJ z6)

That's funny. The businesses that helped create climate change are "suffering."

    Bookmark   August 10, 2012 at 5:58PM
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Changing water into oil? Alchemy is making a comeback.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2012 at 9:17AM
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