The Ripple Effect: What happens when fracking and water intersect in Colorado?

· May 21, 2014, 2:51 pm
Billions of gallons of water are required to drill for oil and gas and the impact is significant on Colorado’s people, its economy and its environment.
Our series Fracking and Water: The Ripple Effect investigates how much water is used, recycled, transported and disposed of in Colorado.
Throughout our coverage this year, we will talk to residents, industry, engineers, academics, wildcatters, environmentalists and politicians to learn more about what happens when fracking and water intersect. 

We walk you through the oil and gas fields to learn the difference between a drilling rig, a fracking operation, a producing well and more. 

We examine how trucking factors into the local economy and what local residents are saying about the increase in traffic, noise and dust from having more semis on the road.
Waste water traditionally has been injected deep underground into storage wells but more and more operators are investing in recycling water. Some environmentalists worry, however, that the industry is not reusing enough water.
Colorado Attorney General John Suthers discusses the growing tension over oil and gas drilling.
The Wall Street Journal's senior energy reporter Russell Gold explores two big question in a new book: Will fracking provide the energy to power the world? And at what cost? 
Cal Poly Pomona geology professor Stephen Osborn offers up several reasons why thermogenic methane could pollute water in Pennsylvania but not in Colorado. 
A new CU-Boulder program teaches residents who live near oil and gas development how to monitor their water.
When energy companies drill, a lot of water comes to the surface. In some rock formations, as many as 30 barrels of water come up with every barrel of oil. Some energy companies say that water could help solve Colorado's looming water shortage, but obstacles abound.
Some residents worry that the industry’s deep pockets will price farmers out of business. But, the truth is far more complicated. 
Fracking and Water: The Ripple Effect is an ongoing series and we’d like to hear from you: Send us your thoughts, comments or story ideas to or visit our Facebook page for exclusive features.

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