Hydraulic Fracturing Has Among the Lowest Water Usage per Energy Unit of Major Energy Extraction Methods
Gal./Water per Million British Thermal
Units of Fuel (gal/MMBtu)
for Various Energy Resource
Composition of Fracturing Fluid
Burning methane (CH4) produces carbon dioxide and water. A hydraulic fracturing well uses approximately five million gallons of water with 80% underground, producing 1 billion cu. ft. of gas over 10 years. Burning the gas will replace the four million gallons of water left underground in 6 months, producing 11 million gallons over 10 years. The process adds water vapor to the atmosphere in the hydrological cycle.
By 2035, Hydraulic Fracturing Will Be Connected to 3.5 Million Jobs, $475 Billion in Economic Activity, and $125 Billion in Tax Revenues