Again, this admission by industry is “stunning.”
Range and others studying the issue say the gas contamination more likely occurred because too many homes are tapping into shallow drinking water aquifers in the area. The company says that lowers water levels and hydrostatic pressure, allowing nearby natural gas to flow into the aquifer.
The Texas Water Development Board predicted that by 2010 33 percent—one in every three gallons—of Parker County water would go to natural gas development. Unlike water used for domestic and agricultural purposes, the water used for hydraulic fracturing is permanently removed from our hydrologic cycle. 33 percent is significant usage especially when that water is not returned to the aquifer.