World Gas Intelligence

US Shale Faces Water, Transparency Complaints – August 22, 2012

The volumes of water extracted by gas drillers from rivers and streams have become a particularly sore point amid the current drought. It is already the worst in the US in 50 years, and the US National Weather Service predicts it will last through at least October.

“Five Pennsylvania counties have stopped issuing permits to pull water from streams,” notes Chris Faulkner, chief executive of Texas-based Breitling Oil and Gas. “This will cause companies to curtail drilling, and could be a death sentence for the Marcellus Shale, an enormous reserve of untapped natural gas.”…