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Water for fracking: How much does the oil/gas industry use?
Dan Bacher
So what is the actual amount of water now used for fracking for oil and natural gas in Califonia right now – 8 acre feet of water, 6,721 acre feet, or much, much more as fracking opponents contend? One thing is for certain - oil companies use big quantities of water in their current oil drilling operations in Kern County, although the amount specifically used in fracking operations is hard to pinpoint. A good deal of this water this comes through the State Water Project's California Aqueduct and the Central Valley Water Project's Delta-Mendota Canal, spurring increasing conflicts between local farmers and oil companies over available water. Burt Wilson of Public Water News Service asks Natural Resources Agency Deputy Director Jerry Meral about water being used for fracking in California. Photo by Dan Bacher.

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