According to the UTGCD, Barnett Shale drilling used more than 1,146,598,272.73 gallons of water in the 4 county UTGCD district from Trinity Aquifer in 2009.
That’s just from the Trinity in those 4 counties and does not include surface water. According to documents received in a Public Information Request, many sources do not have meters.
Summer is coming.
The population is growing.
Drillers need to follow best practices in Drill-Right Texas and recycle water at the wellsite.
P.S. That water is permanently removed from our hydrologic cycle. FOREVER.