Less than a week after dozens of environmental activists rallied outside its annual meeting, the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy has reversed course and decided to at least temporarily halt the sale of water to oil and gas drillers.
The water was to be used in the controversial hydraulic fracturing process, during which millions of gallons of water — mixed with chemicals and proppants like sand — are blasted underground to widen existing fissures in shale rock, which is rich with oil and natural gas.Read the rest of the article here.
Those opposed to “fracking” argued, among other points, that these sales ran counter to the district’s role as a conservancy group because frack water must be injected underground and never returned to the water cycle.
The district contracted with the U.S. Geological Survey to perform a water availability survey on three district man-made reservoirs — Atwood Lake (Carroll County), Clendening Lake (Harrison) and Leesville Lake (Carroll).
So the drilling companies will have to get their fracking water somewhere else. I wonder if they'll have much trouble finding another source of water who wants their money.
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